Magpies swoop to end Panthers’ winning run
Panthers’ winning streak is over after a determined Magpies made a big statement a week out from the finals, Nardia Humphries destroying the reigning premiers in round 16 of the women’s A-grade competition on Tuesday night.
After winning last year’s grand final, Panthers have been irresistible this season as they won 12 straight games before tackling Magpies in the last regular round to finish with a 13-0 record.
Magpies, though, had other ideas as they started brightly and by half-time had opened up a 12-point advantage, thanks to late threes from Margie Jones and Jasmyne Jones.
It was much of the same in the second half as Magpies scored the first eight points to stretch the lead out to 20 points as Humphries continued her red-hot shooting night.
She had eight points at half-time and her work off the glass from close range was clinical as she powered to a game-high and season-high 29 points.
That performance ensured Magpies were never able to be reeled in as they cruised to a 59-40 victory to end the regular season with a 9-4 record.
Humphries hit 14 field goals, mainly thanks to her swift work in the keyway, which was the key reason for Magpies’ 19-point win over an opponent they face again next week but in a second semifinal.
Margie Jones (10 points), Jasmyne Jones (7) and Narelle Humphries (7) were all important contributors for Magpies in the win, while Jade Dimer (10) and Casey Griffiths (14) toiled hard for Panthers.
In the other fixture, Flames produced a sizeable comeback to snatch their second win of the season as they downed Phoenix by three points.
Phoenix led at half-time and were ahead 28-20 in the second half before Flames hit the last 11 points of the game to prevail, 31-28.
Shianne Arthur and Indianna Weeden both dropped 13 points for the winners.
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