Sonics prevail in thrilling against Crystal Blues on the back of a late goal from point-guard Kayla Thomas

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Sonics' Kayla Thomas.
Camera IconSonics' Kayla Thomas. Credit: Taj Stubber

Classy point-guard Kayla Thomas bobbed up as the hero for Sonics as they won a thriller against Crystal Blues in round five of the Albany Basketball Association women’s A-grade competition on Tuesday night.

The two sides had little separating them for much of the game, with Sonics up by three late in the second half.

However, three late free throws from Crystal Blues’ Telikah Collins levelled the scores before Thomas stepped up to hit the winning basket.

Thomas’ clutch shot gave Sonics a two-point advantage with one minute to play but she was unable to hit a resulting free throw.

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Her team won the offensive rebound before a turnover gave Crystal Blues a chance to win the game but they handed the ball back as Sonics hung on to win 34-32 in a nailbiting finish.

Sonics held a narrow two-point buffer at half-time and the margin never got beyond six in the final 25 minutes of play.

Ella Scamozzi led the way in the win for Sonics with 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half, and Abbi Gibson chipped in with 11.

Collins top scored for Crystal Blues with 14, including two long-range shots, and tall Georgia Kowald added nine but their side fell to a second straight defeat.

Valkyries moved clear on top spot after holding off a persistent Raiders outfit.

After leading by a single point at half-time Valkyries were able to edge away slowly in the second half to record a 40-35 triumph.

Tay Weeden dropped 10 points in the win and was well supported by Macy Lane (9 points).

Gibson (14) and Isabella De Giambattista (11) led the way for Raiders.

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