Pan­thers notch piv­otal win to climb into top two

Albany Advertiser - - BASKETBALL - Cameron New­bold

Pan­thers climbed back into the top two af­ter a com­fort­able 12-point win over the Raiders un­der-18 de­vel­op­ment squad in round 4 of the Al­bany Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion women’s A-grade com­pe­ti­tion on Tues­day night.

Af­ter slip­ping to third place last week, it did not take Pan­thers long to take con­trol of this week’s con­test, led by cen­tre Nina Smith and guard Ella Scamozzi.

Smith was in vin­tage form un­der the bas­ket at both ends, feed­ing off the work of Scamozzi and com­pany as Pan­thers skipped out to a 24-16 half-time ad­van­tage.

Pan­thers were able to main­tain a handy buf­fer through­out the sec­ond half with Jade Dimer get­ting in on the act while Kayla Thomas was also a valu­able con­trib­u­tor, fur­ther em­pha­sis­ing her side’s depth.

Raiders re­duced the deficit to 12 points twice in the last 25 min­utes but they could not drag it un­der dou­ble fig­ures as Pan­thers went on to score a 55-43 vic­tory.

Pan­thers’ depth was on full dis­play in of­fence with three play­ers reach­ing dou­ble fig­ures, Smith top­ping the score­sheet with 14 while Scamozzi (13 points) and Dimer (12) were not far be­hind.

Thomas added nine points and Alee­sha Narkle scored five as Pan­thers won their third game of the sea­son to wres­tle back sec­ond po­si­tion on the lad­der.

Alyssa Ward tried hard through- out for Raiders, caus­ing nu­mer­ous steals and turnovers to go with 15 points and she was well sup­ported by Jas­myne Jones (6) and Mad­di­son Dal­limore (7).

Mag­pies held off a gal­lant chal­lenge from the win­less Flames in the other fix­ture to notch their third win, led by an­other big points haul from Nar­dia Humphries.

Af­ter 14 points last week against Pan­thers, Nar­dia Humphries fin­ished with a game-high 22, which in­cluded 17 in the last pe­riod as her side held on by four points.

Brid­gette Latham (10) and Zan­dalee Arthur (7) did their best to get Flames their first win but they fell short, 37-41.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Raiders' Jas­myne Jones runs the play.

Pan­thers' Jade Dimer pulls in a re­bound against Raiders.

Pan­thers' Kayla Thomas with a lay-up.

Raiders' Alyssa Ward drives to the bas­ket as Pan­thers' Ella Scamozzi moves in.

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