Scamozzi sizzles in last half for Flames

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Raiders’ Ella Scamozzi and Flames’ Chelsea Grove body up under the basket.
Camera IconRaiders’ Ella Scamozzi and Flames’ Chelsea Grove body up under the basket. Credit: Laurie Benson

Guard Ella Scamozzi has denied Flames their maiden win of the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade season after dragging her side to a three-point victory on Tuesday night.

Winless from their first three games, Flames trailed by two points at the break but quickly grabbed the momentum as they hit the front and then set about establishing a lead.

Indianna Weeden was instrumental, along with Shianne Arthur and Brittany Mariah, as Flames put the Raiders under-18 development squad under plenty of pressure.

The result was a 10-point advantage to Flames with 10 minutes to play, the biggest lead of the game, but Scamozzi was ready to put her mark on the game.

Flames' Caitlin Ward looks to score over Raiders' Elissa Cale.
Camera IconFlames' Caitlin Ward looks to score over Raiders' Elissa Cale. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Raiders coach Darren Berry mixed up his playing combination, and regular starters Scamozzi and Kayla Thomas spent plenty of time on the bench.

However, when Thomas and Scamozzi were able to get to work together, things started to happen.

Scamozzi was scoreless at half-time but the aggressive guard finished as the most influential player in the game, knocking down 10 second-half points, including a couple of clutch baskets in the dying minutes as her side pinched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Thomas added eight points and Narelle Humphries (8 points) was also important in the 39-36 win.

Flames' Shianne Arthur gets past Raiders' Kayla Thomas and Madison Dallimore.
Camera IconFlames' Shianne Arthur gets past Raiders' Kayla Thomas and Madison Dallimore. Credit: Albany Advertiser

It was Raiders’ second win of the season and Berry showed he was not afraid to bench some of his stars in search of higher intensity.

Shianne Arthur led the way for Flames with 11 points and Indianna Weeden (9) worked tirelessly at both ends.

Ladder leaders Panthers made it four straight wins after demolishing Phoenix, 39-15, with Savannah Hill and Jade Dimer each scoring 8 points for the winners.

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