Mandurah Magic 46 defeated NT South Suns 27
A quick start from both teams with the Suns’ Phyllis Bara scoring early. A great moment from Shaneen Smith of the Suns when she shot a basket whilst sitting on the floor after being knocked down but the Magic lead was 6 at quarter time. A tech foul on Bara saw her benched and the Magic pounced led by Georgia Haines. Even with the crowd behind the Suns, they could not bridge the gap. Eventually the Magic pulled away with some great shooting. The Magic were too strong in the end winning 46-27
Magic—G Haines 16, N Harris 13, R Curtis 8;
Suns—K Tilmouth 7, multiple on 4
Bendigo Braves 23 defeated by Sturt Sabres 45
It was a slow start with Sturt not being able to capitalise on early opportunities. Bendigo had to shoot from outside due to Sturt’s defensive pressure. Sturt was making better decisions with the ball to increase their lead to 4 by half time. Bendigo came out strongly after half time with Jasmin Drummond and Shay Murphy performing well under the basket to get within 1 point. Sturt then put on the pressure and got out to a 12 point lead. Nicole Scholz hit a big 3 pointer to seal the win for Sturt.
Braves—M Delahunty 6, J Drummond 4;
Sabres—M Scholz 12, L Vagnarelli 9, G Gava 9
Penrith Panthers 45 defeated by North Adelaide Rockets 49
Both teams started out the quarter with great defence but were unfortunately unable to convert their hard work into points on the board. A big effort from Tayla Calvert hitting some long 3 pointers to keep the score ticking over , but the answer from the Panthers was Jaimee-Lee Clark hitting those important foul shots and doing some amazing work under the hoop. The points going into the half time break were even. The Rockets come out firing again with Anne Hatchard and Tayla Calvert hitting big 3 pointers and with Madeline Fox pulling down the rebounds and converting, the Panthers stayed in the game. Tahlia Tupaea hit a late 3 pointer shot but too late and the score at the end of the game 45-49 Rockets taking it away.
Panthers—M Fox 18, J Clark 13, T Tupaea 11;
Rockets—C Hansen 21, T MacAskill 9, A Hatchard 7
Forestville Eagles 34 defeated by Coffs Harbour Suns 41
Elizabeth Tonks displayed some great dribbling skills to help the Suns get a strong start. The Eagles came back strongly ending the quarter the Suns up 13—12. The 2nd quarter saw the Suns hit some nice outside shots and a couple of easy lay ups led by 8 although the Eagles were not giving up. The 3rd quarter saw the Suns extend their lead with some great offensive and defensive work. In the last quarter the Eagles pushed hard and got within a few points but a crucial time out stopped the run and the Suns were able to run out winners by 7.
Eagles—E Watson 9, J Johnson 9
Suns—E Tonks 8, J Woods 8, R Black 8
Southern Districts Spartans 47 defeated NT North Geckos 26
The Geckos got the first basket but the Spartans replied quickly. The Geckos got to a lead of 5 but lost the lead by the end of the quarter due some god work by the Spartans’ Milly Disteldorf. Score 11-9. An injury to Reina Shean sparked the Geckos in the second but the Spartans led at half time by 4. The third quarter saw the Geckos held to 1 point with great pressure from the Spartans who were looking strong. The Spartans increased their lead in the fourth quarter and went on to an easy win despite the best efforts of the Geckos.
Spartans—C Woods 14, B Ritson 10, M Disteldorf 10
Geckos—R Briston 13, E Carbone 4
North West Tasmania Thunder 50 defeated Northern Tasmania 34
In this local derby both teams got off to a roaring start in the first quarter, with the scores even for most of the time. At quarter time North West was up 4 points. (16-12). NW managed to get a run on to put a small margin between the teams. During the third quarter all the girls were jumping on the ball to get the advantage.
North West continued to dominate managing to be up by 16 heading into the last quarter. Northern Tasmania fought back hard in the last quarter but the offensive and defensive plays of the Thunder were just too good. The NW Thunder were eventual winners 50-34.
North West Tasmania- G Richards 12, G Buchwald 12, S Phillips 11
Northern Tasmania- A Green 11, H Savill 8
Townsville Flames 50 defeated Canberra Nationals 45
Both sides started off with confidence. The first quarter showed that both team were in it to win. Canberra had the upper hand by the end of the quarter leading by 4 points with some good scoring from Demi Hoskings. Townsville worked hard and with some excellent scoring from Aleisha Ennis and Mykenzie Gray evened the scores at the half time break.Townsville kept the pressure up in the end took and eleven point lead into the final quarter keeping the Nationals to a 3 point quarter. A mighty effort from Canberra and 3 successive baskets by Soraya McGinley saw the Nationals close the gap and it appeared that the side was heading for another overtime epic after its quadruple overtime win last night. Unfortunately it was not enough with Townsville holding them out by 5.
Flames—M Gray 17, A Ennis 14, A Foord 9
Nationals—D Hosking 19, A Evans 7, S McGinley 7
Southern Tasmania Chargers 54 defeated Ballarat Miners 42
Both teams started with high intensity in a very even game, with all girls strong on the boards. During the second quarter, the crowd started to have an impact and the Hobart side managed to into the half time break with and eight point advantage. Meghann Ogle from Hobart played a great third quarter pulling in a number of strong rebounds. Going into the last quarter, Hobart had a comfortable lead 39 -21. Both teams wanted this win and were putting their bodies on the line and making the most of every loose ball. At times Kayla Mallett from Ballarat was unstoppable under the basket as she towered over her opponents. In the latter stages of the game Hobart’s first year players: Ellie Collins, Ashleigh Steele and Dimitria Jaynes were given a run to ensure all players contributed in the win,. Whilst Ballarat put up a valiant effort after their marathon quadruple overtime game yesterday, Hobart ran out eventual winners 54-42.
Chargers—M Joseph 12, A Onaca 12, M Courtney 10
Miners—M Fratin 8, M Muir 7, K O’Dwyer 6, K Mallett 6
Logan Thunder 40 defeated Nunawading Spectres 39
Good transition from defence to offence saw Logan take the early lead. The Spectres settled and a great floater by Yasmine Cook gave them their first points. The Spectres were in foul trouble with 4 minutes left in the quarter but Logan were unable to capitalise although took a 5 point lead into the break. Two three pointers from Thunder’s Bridget O’Brien got the crowd involved with the Spectres getting back into the game with some good foul shooting and baseline plays. At half time the gap narrowed to 4. In the third Logan were up by 8 before the Spectres’ Tessa Boyd sunk a nice 3 pointer to keep them in the game. The Spectres missed some crucial shots allowing the Thunder to have a 6 point lead going into the final quarter. Two Thunder players were fouled out during the quarter giving an opportunity for the Spectres to take the game. Big offensive rebound and score by the Spectres’ Maddison Perry reduce the gap to 1 with 22 seconds on the clock. Logan couldn’t convert another opportunity before the siren Logan winning by 1.
Thunder— K Saul 13, B O’Brien 10, A Stoyko 6
Spectres—S Molloy 8, M Perry 8, Y Cook 6, R Poke 6
Knox Raiders 45 defeated Bulleen Boomers 42
Bullen come out strong controlling the game from the tip till the siren. Rachel Lucas helped out the Raiders with some good boards but unable to convert. Brianne Keogh hit a 3 pointer early in the 2nd to start the Boomers on their scoring run. Breanna Goodman from Knox was good on the boards while Briana Mirabile getting on the lose balls. The half time scores were 20-30 with the Boomers in control. The 3rdquarter showed Bullen’s Chloe Hocking working the boards well, but with it being a low scoring quarter it didn’t show on the scoreboard. After a Quick time out Sonia Dirito picked up the pace for the Raiders and her team willingly followed narrowing the Boomers lead to only 4 points going into 3 quarter time. The 4th quarter saw both teams come out to win the game, with great defensive pressure and both working hard to score. Then with a 1.45 Rachel Lucas hits up a long 3 pointer to put the Raiders in front by a point. In a nail biting finish Knox come home by 3 points. 45-42. Jemma Osborne for the Raiders had a great game with a truck load of rebounds.
Raiders—S Dirito 13, R Lucas 13, E Goodman 5
Boomers—C Hocking 8, C Carey 7, C Tidswell 7
Gosford City Rebels 38 defeated by Melbourne Tigers 70
Melbourne Tigers hit their straps early with well drilled plays, slick passes, strong defence and double teaming of players to dominate the first quarter by 25-2. During the second quarter Gosford stepped up to hit some timely three pointers and worked on their defence. Gosford managed to hold the Tigers to 2 points until late in the quarter. Gosford continued to fight hard in the third and last quarters with tight defence, but it was not enough to stop the Tigers storming into the Grand final with a 70-38 win. A well rounded and polished performance from the Melbourne Tigers.
Rebels— J Forcadillo 11, T Lucas 6, J McGuiness 6
Tigers –T Hay 14, S Kyriakou 13, G Pineau 12, A August-Leifi 11
Norths Bears 50 defeated by Stirling Senators 53
First quarter saw both teams settle down early with baskets hard to come by. North Bears led by 3 points (9-6) at the break. After the break Bears took control to lead 23-15 at half time. In the third quarter Stirling with the support of the cheer squad worked their way back into the game to be 1 point down at ¾ time. Stirling continued to apply pressure and went on to win the game 53-50.
Bears—J Rasmussen 10, A Burke 10, P Olsen 9
Senators—K Gage 16, H Finis 12, P Majeks 8