Panthers’ season off to flying start

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Panthers' Jade Dimer looks for options.
Camera IconPanthers' Jade Dimer looks for options. Credit: Pictures: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Panthers began the new Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade season where they left off, edging out Magpies by nine points in a grand final rematch on Tuesday night.

Last season’s premiers jumped out of the blocks to start the encounter and led by 12 points at half-time before the Magpies rallied.

Magpies trimmed the margin back to five points with seven minutes remaining but the defending premiers steadied to win 42-33 and start the season in the best possible fashion under coach David Arthur.

New recruit Tully Lane was a stand-out for Panthers, contributing 13 points, while Jade Dimer was again dangerous with 14 points. Point guard Kayla Thomas also started the season well, adding eight points.

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Jasmyne Jones led the scoring for Magpies with 11 points as the only player with double figures.

Phoenix enjoyed a winning return to the A-grade competition after breaking away in the second half from Flames to record an eight-point win.

A seven-point run in the second half was decisive in the 31-23 win as Phoenix opened up the contest and were never headed after reaching a 15-point lead with less than five minutes remaining. Phoenix led by a point at half-time after Flames led narrowly for the most of the first half.

Cassandra Cheetham was a stand-out for Phoenix with a game-high 16 points, while Courtney Henderson added a vital eight points for the win. Indianna Weeden and Shianne Arthur each contributed seven points for Flames.

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