Baradene beat Westlake ahead of Prems semi-finals

Baradene College recorded a deserved 72-66 win against Westlake Girls High, in an entertaining encounter played on Saturday afternoon.

Having won the first encounter by 12 points Westlake remain top of the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League table on points differential and will meet Epsom Girls Grammar in one semi-final next Friday. The other matchup will be between St Mary’s College and Baradene. 

Ritorya Tamilo (24 points) produced an outstanding performance for Baradene. Her 8 first quarter points were a signal of what was to come as she dominated the paint, and demonstrated a variety of scoring moves to compliment her rebounding prowess.

Westlake had made a sluggish start but when Mackenzie Chatfield gave them their first lead of the game (20-18), early in the second half, they were gaining the upper hand.

Simone Barnard’s three gave Lake a 10-point advantage but Deyna Topia’s timely triple meant Baradene were only down 47-40 at half-time.

Baradene started the second half strongly and when Lily Parke found nothing but nylon the scores were level at 53 points apiece. Tamilo’s inside work propelled Baradene to a 58-55 three-quarter time lead.

Barnard’s three and a two from Amy Pateman made it a 4-point game heading into the final minutes.

A couple of buckets from Chatfield kept Westlake in the hunt but Topia settled the contest with a game clinching pair of threes and Amelia Nathan iced the contest with a neat jump shot.

Westlake 66 – M Chatfield 17, S Barnard 16, S Moors 8, H Williams 6, M Boucher 5

Baradene 72 – R Tamilo 24, L Parke 20, D Topia 18, P Cavannagh-Briggs 4, A Nathan 4

In the tussle between the third and fourth placed teams St Mary’s College edged Epsom Girls 74-71.

Flo Dallow, Sarah-Joy Aruwa and Draun Forbes propelled Epsom to a 53-50 three-quarter time lead.

However the hosts were outscored 24-18 in the fourth as Kodee Sefo scored 10 points and Kat Leslie made key free throws to see St Mary’s home ahead of their semi-final clash with Baradene. Alex Moore and and Danika Moore were also prominent for St Mary’s.

Epsom 71 – F Dallow 29, S Aruwa 19, D Forbes 15

St Mary’s 74 – K Sefo 21, D Moore 15, A Moore 14, K Leslie 11

Massey High won a high scoring encounter with Carmel College 91-90.

Carmel enjoyed the better start leading 25-22 at the quarter break and 48-47 at half-time.

 Despite Allyah Leusogi-Ape scoring 16 points in the third the Massey lead was only 71-69 with ten minutes to play.

Skipper Katie Linstrom, playing her final game for Carmel, went out on a high. She amassed  a career high 38 points and with Ruby Railton, Jemma Cammell and Hannah Bellett producing strong hands Carmel remained in the contest until the finish. 

In the end 35 points from Leusogi-Ape and 17 apiece from Tahlya Waikiki and Maya Taingahue saw Massey across the line for the win.

Massey 91 – Leusogi-Ape 35, T Waikiki 17, M Taingahue 17, K Waikiki 7, C Schuster 6

Carmel 90 – Linstrom 38, R Railton 19, J Cammell 13, H Bellett 10, M Lough 6

Mt Albert Grammar proved too good for Rangitoto College winning 95-62 with Waimanu Clarken and Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie combining for almost 50 points.

Valana Pupuke-Robati, Jersey Nukunuku and Breanna Waku also made handy contributions as MAGS recorded their fifth win of the season. 

Aroha Riley scored a game high 31 points with Tamsin McAsey and Emily Blyth both in double figures for Rangitoto.

MAGS 95 – W Clarken 25, T Cocker-Lemalie 23, V Pupuke-Robati 11, J Nukunuku 7, B Waka 7

Rangitoto 62 – A Riley 31, T McAsey 12, E Blythe 11

Girls Premier League Standings 

13-1 Westlake, Baradene

10-4 St Mary’s 

7-7 Epsom

5-9 MAGS 

4-10 Rangitoto

3-11 Massey

1-13 Carmel

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