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Panthers' Taylah Orzel gets around Kinjarling Storm's Chelsi Mier.
Camera IconPanthers' Taylah Orzel gets around Kinjarling Storm's Chelsi Mier. Credit: Laurie Benson

A clutch three-pointer from Narelle Humphries in the final minute of Tuesday night’s round nine fixture has kept Kinjarling Storm’s unbeaten record intact.

For the second week in a row Panthers were involved in a nailbiting contest, this time on the wrong side of the result as Humphries hit a step-back three with less than 30 seconds remaining.

That basket broke the deadlock between the two sides and then twin sister Nardia Humphries was fouled on the final buzzer, and she hit the two free throws to hand her side a five-point win in the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade clash.

Panthers' Sheridan Kowald gets around Kinjarling Storm's Nardia Humphries.
Camera IconPanthers' Sheridan Kowald gets around Kinjarling Storm's Nardia Humphries. Credit: Laurie Benson

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Both sides were tied at 34 with one minute remaining and Panthers had possession.

Maddi Dallimore made her way to the edge of the keyway but missed a shot off the glass.

Kinjarling grabbed the rebound and the ball found its way into Narelle Humphries’ hands in the transition, and she calmly took a step back to the three-point line and hit the match winner.

Panthers tried desperately to get the ball back and repeat last week’s efforts but were unable to do so, with Nardia Humphries sealing the 39-34 win.

Panthers led by a single point at half-time before Kinjarling worked their way to a five-point lead, five minutes into the second half.

Kinjarling Storm's Jade Dimer looks to score.
Camera IconKinjarling Storm's Jade Dimer looks to score. Credit: Laurie Benson

Midway through the last half Panthers had hit the front again and from there the two sides traded baskets leading up to the frantic finish.

Narelle Humphries top-scored with 11 and Jade Dimer added nine for Kinjarling as they won their sixth game of the season.

Taylah Orzel hit three threes on her way to 15 points and Georgia Kowald chipped in with nine.

Panthers' Madison Dallimore takes possession ahead of Kinjarling Storm's Narelle Humphries.
Camera IconPanthers' Madison Dallimore takes possession ahead of Kinjarling Storm's Narelle Humphries. Credit: Laurie Benson

Valkyries have lost another close contest for the second week in a row, as they fell 43-45 to Crystal Blues.

Valkyries controlled the first half and led by seven points but things were much closer in the last 25 minutes.

Valerie Corbett hit two free throws for Crystal Blues to give them a four-point lead inside the last four minutes.

Casey Griffiths trimmed the margin back to two but that would prove the final score as Crystal Blues recorded a two-point win. Corbett (13) and Shianne Arthur (10) led the way for the winners while Weeden had five long bombs on her way to 17 points.

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