St Mary’s College strengthened its grip on top spot of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League with a 73-63 home win against nearest rivals Westlake Girls on Friday.
In other Round 11 games there were wins for Carmel College and Rangitoto College.
Jazz Kailahi-Fulu has missed much of the season due to injury but she was in dominating form against Westlake scoring 30 points as St Mary’s won a tenth straight game.
Westlake got the better of a low scoring first quarter to lead 14-8 but it was St Mary’s that dominated the second period.
Whatever St Mary’s coach Tui Matiseni, assuming head coaching duties whist Jody Cameron is in Taiwan with the Tall Ferns, said to his charges at quarter time worked a treat.
Kailahi-Fulu and Leata Te Nana-Williams went to work and although Tabitha Leyson knocked down a three for Westlake it was St Mary’s in the ascendancy at the interval leading 29-23.
The third period was much tighter. Jess Moors, Rosie Dil and Jordyn Maddix kept the scoreboard ticking over for the visitors with Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Riana Matiseni and Te Nana-Williams pacing the St Mary’s effort as they led 52-44 at the three-quarter mark.
Westlake tried desperately to close the gap in the closing minutes but they had no answer for the Kailahi-Fulu’s who scored 18 points between them in the fourth quarter.
St Mary’s 73– J Kailahi-Fulu 30, Z Kailahi-Fulu 14, L Te Nana-Williams 12, R Matiseni 6
Westlake 63– S Dil 15, J Maddix 15, J Moors 11, P Manolas 10, T Leyson 6
Carmel College maintained their quest for a top-four spot with a comfortable 81-42 victory at Mt Albert Grammar School.
As usual Tayla Dalton, with 41 points, was the chief architect of the win but she received good support from Estelle Davidson and Qaizden Stephano who scored 9 points each.
Dalton had 22 points in the first half and although Rikki Fiatau scored 9 points for MAGS they trailed 42-21 at the interval.
Destiny Leef-Milner knocked down her second three of the game for MAGS in the third but Izzy Cattermole, Mackenzie MacKerath and Dalton also connected from beyond the arc as Carmel took a 61-30 lead into the last break.
Both coaching tandems utilised their bench players in the fourth quarter ahead of further action on Monday.
MAGS 42– R Fiatau 9, H Brown 8, T Cocker-Lemalie 7, D Leef-Milner 6, M Kelly 6
Carmel 81– T Dalton 41, E Davidson 9, Q Stephano 9, T McAsey 7
In the other game Rangitoto Collegedefeated Auckland Girls Grammar110-64. The leading scorers for Rangitoto were Aroha Riley (19pts), Hannah Wentworth (17pts), Ella Moore (17pts), Moneesha Barrett (11pts), Tiana Hudson (10pts) and Emily Blythe (10pts). Unfortunately no other details are available.
On Monday Massey High will face AGGS, Westlake will play MAGS and in a game that will have a major bearing on their respective semi-final aspirations Carmel will entertain Rangitoto.
Premier Girls Standings:
10-0 St Mary’s