The Raiders under-18 development squad scored their highest points total of the season in their comprehensive 25-point victory over Railways Tigers in round 14 of the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade competition on Tuesday night. The Raiders remain a slim chance to play finals after their fourth win of the season took their points average to 1.67, just below the fourth-placed Infernos (1.75) with two rounds left to play in the season. In one of the season’s most free-flowing second halves, the Raiders piled on 26 points to emerge with a crushing 44-19 win over the Tigers. The Tigers were firmly within reach at the four-minute mark of the first half with a four-point margin but the Raiders jumped back out to a double-digit lead by the main break, 18-8. Saska Ellis came alive in the second term and was well supported by the fast-moving Mabel Markey for the Raiders in transition. Ellis finished with 10 points and Dakota Bremner contributed a game-high 11 points as the Raiders piled on the scoring pressure to run away with a big win. The young side enjoyed a 26-11 run in the second period, their highest second-half points tally of the season. Ella Kiddle scored a three-pointer and Te Paea Karamaete (4 points) worked hard at both ends of the floor in the losing affair. Meanwhile, Infernos edged Sonics in a 29-28 thriller as Jorja Ward (11) and Enya Marques (11) showed their class in offence to help them consolidate fourth spot on the ladder. The result had plenty riding on it, with Sonics sitting one spot above Infernos in third place, with just 0.42 points separating the pair at the conclusion of the round. Barking Owls closed the gap to top spot with a crucial 40-32 win over Sonics Blue. Rebecca Benson provided most of the scoring drive with 17 points, while Narelle Humphries (8) caused problems under the rim all night. The Owls are equal on points average (2.83) with top side Griffins but remain narrowly behind on percentage.