The 8th Round wrap of the Auckland Schools Girls Premier Grade games, brought to you by Northern Kāhu, saw wins for Westlake Girls High, Baradene College and Epsom Girls Grammar.
At Westlake Girls the 99-52 scoreline suggests a lop-sided contest. However, it doesn’t do justice to the Saint Kentigern effort, the visitors causing the league leaders some problems, particularly in the first half.
Maia Bennett gave St Kent’s an early lead as the home side, combating the enthusiastic defense of Ashleigh Tuumaialu, Maia Mealamu and Sharmaine Tapling, were forced into errors.
Westlake overcame their initial hesitancy to lead 24-12 at quarter time.
Tapling was the first player into double figures but Izzy Pugh and Mackenzie Chatfield soon followed suit as the Lake advantage stretched to 48-29 at half-time.
Rebecca Moors enjoyed an excellent third quarter, the Westlake forward added steals, blocks and rebounds to 9 points in the period.
The tireless Tuumaialu scored 8 final quarter points for St Kent’s but it was Chatfield that had the final say – a pair of threes took her to a season best 36 points.
Westlake 99 – Chatfield 36, Pugh 19, R Moors 17, Amiya Fotu 10
St Kentigern 52 – Tuumaialu 18, Tapling 13, Mealamu 7, Tiana Gray 5
On her way to a season high 35 points Deyna Topia posted 15 in the opening quarter as Baradene College thundered to a 23-10 first quarter home court lead against Carmel College.
Carmel skipper Jemma Cammell took her tally to double figures but the free scoring Topia, Harriett Burrell and Summer Faleafa took Baradene to a 46-20 half-time lead.
Millie Lloyd scored a couple of baskets for Carmel after the break before Baradene resumed their dominance. A triple from Amelia Nathan, plus multiple scores from Emily Burrows and Faleafa, stretched the Baradene lead further.
Baradene 85 – Topia 35, Harriett Burrell 17, Summer Faleafa 16, Nathan 6, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 6,
Carmel 42 – Jemma Cammell 10, Imogen O’Rourke 6, Hannah Bellett 6, Zhara Tibbotts 6
Kodee Williams-Sefo scored a season best 36 points for St Mary’s College but that outstanding performance was trumped by Epsom Girls Grammar who enjoyed a 31-point debut effort from Leah Patuwairua, to carve out a 79-63 victory.
Patuwairua had 18 points by half time, Williams-Sefo 15 for the hosts who trailed 27-23 at half-time.
Epsom put their collective foot down in the third scoring 34 points in the period – Maya Fowler leading the way with 15 of those.
Tamzin Jakeman moved into double figures for St Mary’s but Ivy Tino played a good hand as Epsom recorded a fourth win of the season.
St Mary’s 63 – Williams-Sefo 36, Tamzin Jakeman 10, Faith Ualika 6
Epsom 79 – Leah Patuwairua 31, Fowler 23, Ivy Tino 8, Talia Vea 6
The Mt Albert Grammar v Rangitoto College fixture was postponed to a later date.
Best of luck to New Zealand U17 team members Waimanu Clarken (Mt Albert Grammar), Amy Pateman (Westlake) and Ritorya Tamilo (Baradene) who head off to the FIBA Asia Cup in Jordan this week.
4-4 St Kentigern, Epsom
2-6 St Mary’s
The Mt Albert Grammar v Rangitoto College fixture will be played at a later date.