Panthers hand young Raiders a lesson

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Panthers dished out a 35-point hiding to the Raiders under-18 development squad on Tuesday night to set up a likely second semifinal clash with Magpies in the first week of the finals.

In one of the most lopsided games of the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade season, the young Raiders were no match for Panthers, despite entering the fixture level on points and separated by percentage on the ladder.

Ella Scamozzi set up the comprehensive win with a terrific first half that yielded 10 points and her skilful teammates joined in as they put the Raiders to the sword.

The margin was 18 points at half-time and the blow-out continued in the second half, with only some late long-range baskets preventing the Raiders from further embarrassment.

Panthers' Valerie Corbett goes to the basket as Raiders' Marissa Vandemescht defends.
Camera IconPanthers' Valerie Corbett goes to the basket as Raiders' Marissa Vandemescht defends. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Kayla Thomas feasted on the sloppy Raiders defending, as she finished with 17 points, joining partner in crime Scamozzi, who also had 17 to her name.

That pair were well supported by forward tall Jade Dimer (13) and Aleesha Narkle (11) as they thrashed Raiders, 70-35.

Alyssa Ward and Jasmyne Jones did their best with 10 and nine points respectively but their lack of height and class was exposed.

Raiders' Marissa Vandemescht takes the defensive rebound.
Camera IconRaiders' Marissa Vandemescht takes the defensive rebound. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Panthers skipped two points ahead with two rounds to play and one more win would ensure a top- two finish and the important double chance.

In the other fixture, Magpies were made to work hard by Flames for their 11th win of the season, securingtop spot and the minor premiership.

Nardia Humphries and Taimania Jones were influential with 13 points as Magpies prevailed 44-37.

Flames were led well by Indi-anna Weeden (10), Savannah Hill (8), Brittany Tomlinson (8) and Caitlin Ward (8) but have now lost 14 straight games and, bizarrely, with at best two wins to their name, will still qualify for the finals this year..

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