Griffins strengthened their claim for a top-two finish in the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade competition, thumping Infernos by 28 points on Tuesday. Following their sixth win of the season, Griffins remain four points clear in second spot and one point adrift of ladder leaders Barking Owls. Griffins were 16 points clear halfway through the second term with Danielle Carne providing plenty of scoring prowess under the rim. Carne had four field goals and made three free-throws with 12 minutes remaining in the second half as Infernos struggled to stop their opposition on transition. Their misery was compounded when youngster Emma Henderson bobbed up for two quick three-pointers to help her side charge 20 points ahead. Infernos found some late success on the offensive end with Summer Stirling and Charlotte Edwards chipping in with consecutive baskets, but they could not hold up their defence as Griffins kept their scoring ticking at the other end. Henderson was full of confidence late, nailing another three-pointer and a field goal to push their lead to 28 points. The margin stayed the same for the remainder of the contest with Griffins steaming home to emerge 45-17 winners. Carne (13 points) finished with five field goals while Henderson’s second-half three-point shooting display was superb and she finished with 11 points. Infernos remain in fourth place with eight games left in the regular season. Meanwhile, Barking Owls scored the highest team total of the season in their crushing 55-point win against Railways Tigers. The Tigers struggled to keep their opposition out of the key all night with Brodie Dixon (26 points) and Narelle Humphries (20) scoring at will. Tayeesha Weeden (15 points) was also outstanding in the rout while the Tigers’ Krystal Taylor (14) toiled hard in a losing affair. Sonics jumped up to third on the ladder after their 11-point win against Sonics Blue with Jayde McHenry (14 points) and Aleesha Narkle (10) leading the way.