Impressive second quarter helps Grammar 9 score victory over Kangas 14 in round four
An impressive second quarter proved the difference between Grammar 9 and Kangas 14 in their round-four clash in B2 competition of the Albany Netball Association season last Saturday.
There was nothing separating the two sides on the ladder heading into the clash, and it resulted in a spirited encounter.
Grammar won the toss but were unable to capitalise with their first shot as the Kangas’ defence, led by Esri Swart and Imogen Deal, were too strong and rebounded very well.
After numerous turnovers, Kangas goal-attack Brydee Steinhoff was finally able to open the scoring.
Grammar goal-attack Kobie Featherstone provided strong leads for her team whilst Kangas centre Hannah Bassanelli caused many deflects with one resulting in a turnover and a goal for her team.
But after a hard-fought opening term Grammar led by a single goal.
After a slow start, Featherstone netted three consecutive goals to help her side open up a handy lead and their full-court pressure made it hard for Kangas to penetrate.
Kangas’ Nicky Wright was a shining light for her team in an otherwise low-scoring quarter as Grammar skipped clear by 10 goals.
In the third quarter the ball again transitioned from one end to the other, caused by multiple turnovers.
Grammar shooters Ella Mackenzie and Featherstone worked hard and were very accurate.
Bassanelli in goal-defence for Kangas created a number of turnovers for her team that resulted in goals from Imogen Deal but Grammar again increased their lead to 12 goals.
Kangas fought hard in the final stanza but they could not reel in the on-target Grammar side led by Mackenzie who was ever-reliable in the goal circle on her way to more than 15 goals.
Grammar finished winners 31-18 at the final whistle.
In the other round four clash, Narrikup 6 were comfortable 44-14 winners over Kangas 15.
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