The 10th Round wrap of the Auckland Schools Girls Premier Grade games, brought to you by Northern Kāhu, saw wins for Westlake Girls, Baradene College and Epsom Girls Grammar.
The inside-outside threat of Mackenzie Chatfield and Izzy Pugh did most of the damage as Westlake Girls maintained its unbeaten record with an 80-47 home win against Mt Albert Grammar.
Chatfield, named to the New Zealand U18 team earlier in the week, scored a game high 29 points while Pugh – a reserve for that squad – dominated under the boards as she put together a 21 points and 15 rebounds double-double.
April Liu was terrific for MAGS tallying 23 points in an energy packed display.
Liu was a standout in the opening quarter completing And-1 plays on no fewer than three occasions. Pugh and Chatfield combined for 19 points in the period to forge a 26-15 advantage.
A Valana Pupuke-Robati three opened the second quarter scoring and with Liu also connecting from beyond the arc MAGS continued to take the game to Westlake. Pugh went coast-to-coast shortly before half-time – her team ahead 44-29.
When Danae Tait and Liu scored back-to-back baskets the Westlake lead had been trimmed to 12 points (46-34) but that would be as close as it would get for the visitors. A low scoring third period was won 13-6 by Lake who put their foot down in the fourth to ease to a tenth straight victory.
Amiya Fotu became the third Westlake player to score in double figures, Emma Schroeder going close with 9 points.
Westlake 80 – Chatfield 29, Pugh 21 & 15rebs, A Fotu 10, Emma Schroeder 9
Mt Albert 47 – Liu 23, Tait 8, Pupuke-Robati 5, Sienna-Rose Tawera 5
Kodee Williams-Sefo scored 24 points to pace St Mary’s College to a 64-53 home victory against Carmel College.
The first quarter was tied 13 points each before Williams-Sefo and Faith Ualika pushed St Mary’s out to a 28-22 half-time lead.
Imogen O’Rourke and Hannah Bellett added to the Carmel tally but the third was dominated by St Mary’s to stretch out to a 50-34 lead.
Layla Aholelei scored six fourth quarter points for the hosts and although an O’Rourke three helped Carmel win the fourth the W went the way of St Mary’s.
St Mary’s 64 – Williams-Sefo 24, Aholelei 15, Ualika 11, Christiana Setu 6
Carmel 53 – Bellett 16, O’Rourke 13, Zahara Tibbotts 8, Ruby Railton 7,
Leah Patuwairua and Draun Forbes combined for 53 points to steer Epsom Girls Grammar to a 78-56 home win against Rangitoto College.
A low scoring opener was won 13-6 by Epsom ahead of an entertaining, higher scoring second.
Forbes made a triple for the hosts but Zaara Sain, Mela Andrews and Maddison Skelton each converted from beyond the arc for Rangi – their deficit just 8 points at the break (34-26).
Forbes notched 11 points in the third and Andrews 7 for the visitors – Epsom ahead 54-44 at three-quarter time.
Nina Nguyen joined Andrews in double figures for Rangi but Andrea Ape-Paia, Patuwairua and Forbes extended the Epsom advantage beyond 20 points as they dominated the last quarter.
Epsom 78 – Patuwairua 27, Forbes 26, Ape-Paia 11, Maya Fowler 6
Rangitoto 56 – Andrews 14, Nguyen 12, Skelton 7, Sain 6, Kaitlan Hartley 6, Maia Pirie 6
Sharmaine Tapling, on her way to a team best 25 points, scored 8 in the first quarter but Baradene were up and running with a 22-12 lead.
Tapling scored another half dozen in the second but Deyna Topia and Harriet Burrell pushed the Baradene lead out to 40-24 at the main break.
Madison Sanele made a three after the interval but not before Summer Faleafa and Topia (twice) had drained triples as the Baradene advantage climbed to match winning proportions.
Harriet Burrell continued her recent good form making 10 of her 17 points in the final quarter – Baradene still hot on the heels of Westlake on the Prems ladder.
St Kent’s 48 – Tapling 25, Sanele 7, Gigi Forster 6
Baradene 87 – Topia 26, Faleafa 17, Harriet Burrell 16, Amelia Nathan 13, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 11
Congratulations to New Zealand U17 Women’s team members Waimanu Clarken (Mt Albert Grammar), Amy Pateman (Westlake) and Ritorya Tamilo (Baradene) currently playing at the U17 Women’s FIBA World Cup in Hungary, July 9-17.
The New Zealand Women’s U18’s will be playing their Asia Cup tournament in India in early September. Congratulations to MacKenzie Chatfield (Westlake Girls) on her selection to that team.
6-4 MAGS, Epsom
5-5 St Kentigern
3-7 St Mary’s