Magpies extinguish Flames

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Magpies held off a late challenge from Flames to record a 41-30 win in their round 2 clash in the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade competition on Tuesday night.

Flames pushed out to an early 9-4 lead before three consecutive baskets by Jasmyne Jones put Magpies back in front. A series of late baskets to Magpies extended the margin to six points at half-time as they headed into the break with the ascendancy.

Magpies' Jasmyne Jones lays up over Flames' Caitlin Ward.
Camera IconMagpies' Jasmyne Jones lays up over Flames' Caitlin Ward. Credit: Dave Polette

A three-pointer to Mikayla Ditchburn, followed by a Nardia Humphries score, gave Magpies a 20-29 lead before Flames mounted a fight.

Scores to Caitlin Ward, Chelsea Grove and Bridgitte Latham trimmed the difference to five points inside the final 10 minutes.

However, Magpies were able to steady through Jamie Farrow and Jones as they recorded their first win of the new season.

Magpies' Jaimee Farrow shoots over Flames' Chelsea Grove.
Camera IconMagpies' Jaimee Farrow shoots over Flames' Chelsea Grove.

Jones poured in 12 points for the victors, while Latham top-scored for Flames with 10 points.

Meanwhile in the other fixture, a flurry of late points allowed Panthers to keep their winning record intact as they overcame Raiders under-18 development squad 40-33.

Panthers dominated the first half and skipped out to a 19-7 lead at the break.

Raiders slowly pegged their way back into the contest before eight quick points to Indianna Weeden, including back-to-back long-range shots, gave Raiders their first lead of the game.

Flames Bridgette Latham shoots.
Camera IconFlames Bridgette Latham shoots. Credit: Dave Polette

With Raiders holding a 32-29 buffer, it was Aleesha Narkle’s turn to shine as the talented guard scored the next seven points to bring Panthers back in front.

Late baskets to Ella Scamozzi and Sophie Lynch sealed the victory as Panthers remain the only undefeated side. Weeden led all scorers with 15 points for Raiders, including three triples, while Scamozzi and Narkle both finished with 12 points for Panthers.

Flames' Chelsea Grove looks to get her pass away in front of Narrelle Humphries.
Camera IconFlames' Chelsea Grove looks to get her pass away in front of Narrelle Humphries. Credit: Dave Polette

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