MARLBOROUGH GIRLS’ COLLEGE 51 PELORUS 42
Although the college side were not at their best, they got the job done against a Pelorus side who made them work hard throughout. Their never-say-die attitude was illustrated by the fact they won the final quarter, but by then the damage had been done.
MGCopened up a seven point lead in the first quarter, shooters Malia Manoa and McKynlee Breen dropping in 15 of their 18 attempts as they made the most of all the possession that came their way. They increased that lead by two in each the following quarters, taking a comfortable margin into the final stanza before their play became scrappy.
Hannah Dickson and Ella Donald battled hard in midcourt while circle defenders Etelini Manoa and Cerys James-Sitters both had big games, producing rebounds when it mattered and making life uncomfortable for their rivals.
Despite the fact their play-off hopes are over, this was a muchimproved performance from Pelorus, led by energetic midcourters Anna Archie and Tyla Bevan. At the defensive end Riana Burger and Danielle Moffat did their best to negate the freescoring threat of Malia Manoa, while Louise Walker handled the bulk of the shooting load with her usual composure and long-range accuracy. predictable pattern.
The shooting trio of Lauren Murray, Olivia Pinkerton and Paige Lovell ensured turnovers won by outstanding defenders Sarah Higgins and Maighan Watson were not wasted, while Jenna Gilbert and Bridget Gane provided pace and precision through centre court.
SMOG were well served by shooters Ella Irvine and Naia Lawrence, who made the most of diminished possession, defenders Michaela Boaz and Billie Watson.
Their match next week with Pelorus to decide who receives the third round wooden spoon should be a cracker, both sides showing they can play very well in patches but lacking the consistency and intensity to overcome the top four sides.