Sonics 3 scored their second win of the 2023-24 Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade competition, taking care of Valkyries in round three on Tuesday night. In a low-scoring, defensive affair it was Sonics that held their nerve better late in the game to notch a six-point triumph. Valkyries threatened to take control of the game on more than one occasion, but Sonics found the answers in the second half to improve their win loss record to 2-1. Shianne Arthur was electric for the winners with a game-high 14 points while Telikah Collins hit eight points in a lively display. Arthur’s two long-range baskets stretched the Valkyries defence and in a game where the margin never really blew out, they proved vital. Sonics emerged with a 28-22 win, bouncing back from a loss last week in the best possible fashion. Narelle Humphries led the way for Valkyries, working tirelessly at both ends but it wasn’t enough to prevent a second loss of the season. Shanaya Weeden hit one triple but was relatively quiet and Angelina De Giambattista added three points. Barking Owls remain the only unbeaten team in the competition after emerging with a thrilling two-point win over Sonics 2. Owls star Rebecca Benson was red-hot from long range with four triples on her way to a match-winning 23-point display. Her side however had to work overtime to deny the determined Sonics outfit as scores got close in the dying stages. Sonics pair Lauren Bracewell (13 points) and Aleesha Narkle (11) did most of the damage for Sonics and Amber Nekel was also a solid contributor. Tall duo Keely Berry and Casey Gabriel added six points for the winners and Ruby Steel worked hard for her five points as Owls clung on, 47-45. In the other round three fixture Denmark were far too strong for the Raiders under-18 development squad. An impressive display from Danielle Carne with 15 points was well supported by Summer Stirling (7) and Jayde McHenry (7) as Denmark prevailed by 26 points. For Raiders the standouts were Berry and Dakota Bremner with eight and nine points respectively in the 26-42 loss.