Ladder leaders stretch their winning streak to seven games to remain on top of women’s A-grade comp

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Crystal Blues' Shianne Arthur gets around Raiders' Abbi Gibson.
Camera IconCrystal Blues' Shianne Arthur gets around Raiders' Abbi Gibson. Credit: Laurie Benson

Crystal Blues extended their winning streak to seven games in the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade competition after a convincing win on Tuesday night.

The win in round 12 over Raiders’ under-18 development squad helped Crystal Blues keep a four-point buffer at the top of the standings with four rounds remaining.

Crystal Blues put together an all-round performance as they ran out comfortable 28-point victors, their 10th win of the season.

Crystal Blues' Telikah Collins in possession as Raiders' Audrey Bush moves in.
Camera IconCrystal Blues' Telikah Collins in possession as Raiders' Audrey Bush moves in. Credit: Laurie Benson

After leading by 13 points at half-time, Crystal Blues surged clear in the second half to finish 51-23 winners.

Raiders had the margin at five points 10 minutes into the game but it was all Crystal Blues from that point as they scored 15 of the last 22 points to take a 13-point lead into the main break.

Crystal Blues' Casey Griffiths looks to score as Raiders' Audrey Bush and Jorja Ward defend.
Camera IconCrystal Blues' Casey Griffiths looks to score as Raiders' Audrey Bush and Jorja Ward defend. Credit: Laurie Benson

Crystal Blues crushed their opponents in the final 25 minutes as Shianne Arthur showed her class to end with 16 points.

Teammate Georgia Clark was strong with 12 points and Isabella De Giambattista chipped in with 11.

Abbi Gibson toiled hard for Raiders with 14 points.

Crystal Blues' Telikah Collins runs the floor.
Camera IconCrystal Blues' Telikah Collins runs the floor. Credit: Laurie Benson

Valkyries kept in touch with Crystal Blues at the top of the standings after defeating Sonics.

Brodie Dixon starred in the 56-41 result, knocking down 19 points while Tay Weeden (12 points) and Charlotte Edwards (11) were also solid contributors in the win.

Alyssa Ward and Ella Scamozzi led the way for Sonics with 12 and 10 points respectively but their side’s top-two hopes slipped further away.

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