Girls Senior A and Prems finalists found

The Auckland Secondary Schools Girls Premier Grade Grand Final next Thursday will be between Westlake Girls High and Mt Albert Grammar after Westlake defeated St Kentigern College 110-29 and MAGS overcame Baradene College 53-50 in semi-final ties at Eventfinda Stadium on Friday.

The Senior A Grand Final will be an all North Shore affair with Takapuna Grammar taking on Northcote College.

Due to my commitments to the Women’s D League (Saturday) and Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa (Sunday) the wrap on the semi-finals is a little less detailed than normal.

The Westlake against St Kentigern College matchup was a disappointingly one-sided affair won 110-29 by unbeaten Westlake. The Lake lead was 25-9 at quarter time and grew steadily throughout the contest.

St Kentigern 29 – Ashleigh Tuumaialu 11, Anamia Rangihaeata 9, Maia Mealamu 4

Westlake 110 – Mackenzie Chatfield 33, Izzy Pugh 22, Rebecca Moors 19, Amy Pateman 13, Jaelah Clayton 11

In contrast the other semi-final wasn’t decided until the final possession of the contest, a go-ahead banked three from Danae Tait with 12 seconds to play proving to be the game winner.

Having trailed 45-32 half way through the final quarter, and shots not dropping, Baradene looked dead and buried.

However back-to-back scores from Ritorya Tamilo plus an And-1 play from Summer Faleafa sparked a Baradene revival.

When Baradene point guard Deyna Topia scored inside the last three minutes it was just a three point deficit (47-44). Wai Clarken (25 points) extended the MAGS advantage to five but Baradene were on a roll.

A Tamilo score preceded a Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs make and when the same player found herself unmarked for an open layup Baradene were ahead 50-49 with 32 seconds left on the clock.

The next MAGS possession seemed to be fizzling out until Tait’s 3-point effort found the net via the backboard.

Baradene couldn’t make anything of their final possession – Clarken, at the other end, icing the game from the foul line to see MAGS home in a thrilling finish.

Baradene 50 – Summer Faleafa 15, Ritorya Tamilo 13, Deyna Topia 11, Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs 6

MAGS 53 – Wai Clarken 23, Danae Tait 11, Valana Pupuke-Robati 10

There was no such drama in the Senior A semi’s with Takapuna Grammar and Northcote College advancing with almost identical scorelines. Takapuna defeated Manurewa High 73-49 with Northcote winning 73-51 against Massey High.

Takapuna were given some trouble by Manurewa in the early stages, their lead only 16-12 at quarter time and 25-16 midway through the second.

It was Sela Uluheua and Bella Manu-Moore providing most the scoring firepower for Manurewa who were still in the contest close to the three-quarter mark.

However a 10-0 Takapuna run, either side of that mark, broke the Manurewa resistance. Takapuna were paced by a game high 26 points from Amy McKenzie with Qaizden Stephano and Bailey Flavell the other double figure contributors.

Takapuna 73 – Amy McKenzie 26, Bailey Flavell 17, Qaizden Stephano 16, Manaia Watson 9

Manurewa 49 – Sela Uluheua 19, Bella Manu-Moore 11, Zhendy Li 9

Northcote College bossed proceedings throughout against Massey High School who were hampered by having just five players.

With Lizzie May and Nikki Gear in good touch Northcote had a 22-11 lead at quarter-time, 42-22 at half-time and 59-33 at three-quarter time. The result was not in doubt at that stage but to their credit the ‘Massey Five’ were competitive to the end and took the fourth period 18-14, Allyah Leusogi-Ape their top scorer with 20 points.

Northcote with the win and a grand final date with Takapuna on Thursday.

Northcote 73 – Lizzie May 22, Nikki Gear 17, DJ Hannah 13, Lily Morgan 10

Massey 51 – Allyah Leusogi-Ape 20, Kortni Waikiki 12, Tahlya Waikiki 10, Zhoey Tilby-Woods 7

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