Girl’s Premier League – Round 10 wrap

There may still be four rounds to play of the Girl’s Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League but barring upsets the top-four teams look to have secured semi-final berths.

Westlake Girls High remain unbeaten but they were given a stern workout by Epsom Girls Grammar before closing out a 70-60 win.

It was all Lake in the early stages as they established a 25-10 lead.

Good to see Izzy Pugh back in scoring mode, the Westlake forward mustering 12 points by the interval and with Shonnie Leiatua scoring all her 8 points in the half the hosts were up 40-26.

Epsom replied strongly in the third as Flo Dallow, Sarah Joy Aruwa, Lizzy Brocklehurst and Maya Fowler all landed from deep to keep Westlake in sight. 57-49 to Lake with ten minutes to play.

Scoring became an issue for both teams in the fourth but another 6 points from Pugh and a trey from Makenzee Boucher saw Westlake across the line.

Westlake 70 – Pugh 22, Boucher 13, Simone Barnard 11, Leiatua 8

Epsom 60 – Dallow 21, Aruwa 18, Fowler 7, Lauryn Hunt 7

The closest game of the round was at St Mary’s College where the hosts came from behind to defeat Mt Albert Grammar 59-45.

The two teams split 26 points in the opening ten minutes but it was MAGS that held the lead (42-35) at half-time as Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie and Waimanu Clarken amassed a combined 29 points.

Danika Manase scored all her 11 points in the third quarter and with Faith Ualika chipping in with 6 fortunes had changed and St Mary’s were 42-35 to the good.

Having kept MAGS to just 7 points in the third St Mary’s only gave up a further 10 in the fourth as the defensive clamps were kept firmly in place.

Nine fourth quarter points from Kodee Sefo ensured a St Mary’s victory – their seventh of the season ahead of a clash with Westlake next Friday.

St Mary’s 59 – Sefo 13, Ualika 11, Manase 11, Trinity Atiga 8

MAGS 45 – Cocker-Lemalie 20, Clarken 17

Baradene College remain hot on the heels of Westlake after registering a straight forward 88-32 home win against Carmel College.

Deyna Topia and Lilly Parke were both close to double figures in the first as the hosts charged to a 27-4 lead.

Jemma Cammell did her best to stem the Baradene points flow but it was to little avail as the hosts had doubled their tally by half-time (54-16).

Baradene had five players in double figures as they registered win number nine of the season.

Baradene 88 – Parke 32, Ritorya Tamilo 14, Topia 11, Poppy Cavannagh-Briggs11, Harriett Burrell 10

Carmel 32 – Cammell 17, Katie Linstrom 4

Rangitoto College secured a valuable away win defeating Massey High School 87-58 with Aroha Riley and Kellie Tawhaio the chief destroyers.

Tawhaio posted a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds while Riley added 6 steals to a game high 32 points, making 6 from 13 from beyond the three-point arc.

Rangitoto scored 29 points in each of the first two periods to lead 58-32 at half-time extending their advantage to 74-41 at three-quarter time.

It’s a quick turnaround for Massey as they are back in action on Monday against Epsom.

Massey 58

Rangitoto 87 – Riley 32, Tawhaio 27, Tamsin McAsey 12, Zaara Sain 8

Premier League Standings  

10-0 Westlake

9-1 Baradene

7-3 St Mary’s

6-3 Epsom

3-7 MAGS, Rangitoto

1-8 Massey

1-9 Carmel

*Massey v Epsom scheduled for July 5

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