Raiders reign over Flames

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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The continued improvement of the Raiders under-18 development squad, led by star point guard Ella Scamozzi, has helped them secure a fifth win in the women’s A-grade season at the expense of the frustrated Flames on Tuesday night.

All bar one of the Raiders players hit the score sheet as they led by three points at half-time and finished six-point victors to improve their record to 5-4 ahead of a crunch clash with the top-of-the-table Magpies next week before the mid-season break.

Raiders’ Madison Dallimore takes on Flames’ Tayeesha Weeden.
Camera IconRaiders’ Madison Dallimore takes on Flames’ Tayeesha Weeden. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Scamozzi continued her stellar rise in the senior ranks and she did it at both ends of the court, but her 16 points proved decisive in the 41-35 result, considering 12 of those came in the second half.

Kayla Thomas (8 points) and Jasmyne Jones (5) provided great support for Raiders, who inflicted on Flames yet another loss.

Flames had their opportunities throughout the round 10 fixture, but they coughed the ball up at vital times and late in the game couldn’t conjure enough points to overhaul the deficit.

Flames’ Alyssa Ward takes on Raiders’ Kayla Thomas.
Camera IconFlames’ Alyssa Ward takes on Raiders’ Kayla Thomas. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Brittany Tomlinson was again a shining light for the winless Flames with 14 points, while Indianna Weeden added seven and Zandalee Arthur hit six points, but they couldn’t end an eight-game losing streak.

Magpies skipped two points clear at the top of the table after a hard-fought 10-point triumph over Panthers in the other match.

Jones (8), Nardia Humphries (14) and Narelle Humphries (12) were terrific in the Magpies’ seventh win, as their side extended a six-point advantage at the break to prevail 48-38.

Flames’ Brittany Tomlinson takes possession under the basket.
Camera IconFlames’ Brittany Tomlinson takes possession under the basket. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Scamozzi had a busy night at the office with 12 points in her second game, while Thomas and Aleesha Narkle each finished with nine points.

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