Magpies savour title triumph over Panthers

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ABA 2018-19 womens' A-grade premiers Magpies.
Camera IconABA 2018-19 womens' A-grade premiers Magpies. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Magpies have stormed to a third Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade title with the most emphatic performance of the season, thrashing Panthers by 32 points in Friday night’s grand final.

It was a dominant display from Magpies as they led by 14 points at half-time and then scored the first six points of the second period to assert their authority over Panthers.

Panthers found themselves in foul trouble early in the second half and Magpies were ruthless in their approach as they continued to blow the margin out on their way to securing their first women’s A-grade premiership since 2011-12.

Magpies' Macy Lane tries to shoot under heavy pressure from Panthers’ Casey Warren and Aleesha Narkle.
Camera IconMagpies' Macy Lane tries to shoot under heavy pressure from Panthers’ Casey Warren and Aleesha Narkle. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Centre Macy Lane was outstanding in the win, nullifying the impact of opponent Jade Dimer and scoring 10 points, seven of which came in a busy opening half, while Narelle Humphries was also a key in the 46-14 victory.

Narelle Humphries added eight second-half points and finished with a game-high 11 as she was as calm as you like in three consecutive trips to the free-throw line in the second half to starve off any remote Panthers hope.

Magpies captain Margaret Coyne had a couple of big moments, twice hitting a successful basket and drawing a foul for an extra shot and she was named the most valuable player in the grand final for her output, which included six points.

Magpies' Jasmyne Jones puts up a shot.
Camera IconMagpies' Jasmyne Jones puts up a shot. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Panthers had been the team to beat throughout the season until their winning streak came to an end in the final round of the regular season.

Magpies then beat them again in the second semifinal and they were clinical in the opening minutes of the match, going on a 9-1 run to set up the triumph.

A sole point from the hardworking Casey Griffiths was all Panthers had to show 10 minutes into the match and the game slipped quickly out of reach from there, as constant fouling and errant passing led to a heavy grand final defeat.

Magpies' Narelle Humphries looks for options.
Camera IconMagpies' Narelle Humphries looks for options. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Margie Jones (8 points) and Jasmyne Jones (9) gave great support outside support, to complement the work Lane and Narelle Humphries did inside.

Magpies shot at 40 per cent from the free-throw line and hit four of 13 long-range attempts but Panthers had real shooting woes as they went one of nine from deep for the match and were successful with one of eight free-throw attempts.

Magpies' Jasmyne Jones and Nardia Humphries celebrate their grand final victory on the buzzer.
Camera IconMagpies' Jasmyne Jones and Nardia Humphries celebrate their grand final victory on the buzzer. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Dimer finished with six points and fouled out of the game late in the piece while Kayla Thomas fought on gallantly in the second half.

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