The third round review of the Auckland Schools Girls Premier Grade games, brought to you by Northern Kāhu, features wins for unbeaten teams Baradene and Westlake plus a first-up victory for St Mary’s.
In a contest between two of the unbeaten teams Westlake Girls were pushed all the way before eventually prevailing 66-58 at Mount Albert Grammar School.
On the back of a strong third quarter MAGS led 47-44 with ten minutes to play but they were outscored 22-11 in the final stanza – 8 points from skipper Mackenzie Chatfield and four each from Amy Pateman and Rebecca Moors turning the tide in favour of Westlake.
Earlier, Waimanu Clarken, on her way to a game high 27 points, and Danae Tait both made long range triples for MAGS in the opening half but Westlake held a 31-27 half-time lead thanks to 8 points from Jaelah Clayton and 7 points from Rebecca Moors.
The third frame belonged to MAGS – 6 points from Sienna-Rose Tawera and another triple from Tait steering the hosts to a three-point lead with ten minutes to play.
Westlake’s fourth quarter rally means they move to 3-0, ahead of the short trip to Rangitoto College next week.
MAGS 58 – Waimanu Clarken 27, Tait 11, Tawera 10, Valana Pupuke-Robati 6
Westlake 66 – Chatfield 16, R Moors 13, Pateman 11, Clayton 10, Sarah Moors 8
Baradene College also made it three wins from three outings with a 79-44 victory against St Kentigern College although a number of observers felt it was a scoreline that didn’t truly reflect the St Kent’s performance.
Harriett Burrell’s three straight baskets propelled Baradene to a 22-11 opening quarter lead but the second quarter was a basket-for basket affair as the two teams split fourty-two points.
Summer Faleafa and Ritorya Tamilo were again in good form for Baradene while Sharmaine Tapling and Anamia Rangihaeata were prominent for St Kent’s that trailed 43-32 at half-time.
The St Kent’s effort faltered in the third – only Ashleigh Tuumaialu could get on the scoresheet. In contrast Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs scored 11 points of her own as the hosts stretched the advantage out to 64-36 at three-quarter-time.
Baradene eased through the final quarter as they look forward to another home encounter next Friday when they take on Epsom Girls Grammar, while St Kentigern will entertain St Mary’s in the clash of ‘The Saints’.
Baradene 79 – Faleafa 19, Tamilo 19, Cavanagh-Briggs 14, Amelia Nathan 11, Burrell 10
St Kentigern 44 – Tuumaialu 11, Rangihaeata 10, Tapling 9
St Mary’s College gained their first win of the season with a 59-45 road win against Carmel College.
Both teams started slowly with only 17 points scored in the opening period. The pace quickened in the second but there was nothing to pick between the two sides at the main break, St Mary’s shading it 24-22.
Carmel captain Jemma Cammell led all scorers at that stage with 12 points.
The third quarter was telling, St Mary’s outscoring the home team 17-5 to grab control, with Faith Ualika, Christiana Setu and Kodee Williams-Sefo doing the damage.
Hannah Bellett and Zharan Tibbotts gave Carmel a lift at the start of the final frame but any thoughts of a sustained comeback were quickly snuffed out by Trinity Atiga and Sefo-Williams.
Carmel 45 – Cammell 21, Bellett 8, Lily Farman 6, Tibbotts 6
St Mary’s 59 – Williams-Sefo 18, Ualika 13, Atiga 9, Setu 9, Tamzin Jakeman 7
Water on the court, brought about by Friday’s stormy weather, caused an early end to the Rangitoto College v Epsom Girls Grammar tie. Epsom had established a healthy 25-8 lead when the game had to be called off at quarter time.
3-0 Westlake, Baradene
1-2 St Kentigern, St Mary’s