Otago live on, Hutt soar
Otago Oceana Goldrush have kept their title defence alive on the final day of round-robin play in the Women’s Basketball Championship tournament at Lower Hutt.
The champions needed to beat the Nelson Sparks in a re-match of last year’s final to sneak into the top six placings and secure a playoff spot at next month’s finals weekend – and win, they did.
Te Paea Selby-Rickett led the way with 16 points as Otago prevailed 54-47, edging past Waikato Wizards and Taranaki Trojans into fifth place with a 6-4 record.
When the dust settled, Hutt Valley Flyers had used their home court to clinch the top seeding for the playoffs, running over Palmerston North 77-43 this morning to finish with a 9-1 record, clear of nearest rivals Waitakere West Auckland (8-2) and Nelson Sparks (7-3). Harbour Breeze (6-4) and Taranaki (6-4) round out the championship field.
Former Tall Fern Aroha Jennings (Rotorua Lady Vols) was easily the top individual scorer over the first two tournaments, averaging 25.1 points a game.
The WBC finals are scheduled for August 23-25 in Dunedin.
Women’s Basketball Championship
Tournament Two, Lower Hutt
Sunday, July 22
Otago Oceana Goldrush 60 (Te Paea Selby-Ricket 16, Summer Roberts 10, Jodi Brown 10) Canterbury Wildcats 42 (Philippa Connell 10)
Harbour Breeze 58 (Natasha Hall 16) Rotorua Lady Vols 52 (Aroha Jennings 28)
Waitakere West Auckland Rangers 48 (Amanda Harris 14, Chevannah Paalvast 11) Waikato Waikato 45 (Natasha Lenden 13, Miriam Slatter 10)
Palmerston North Storm 43 (Alicia McEwen 9) Hutt Valley Flyers 77 (Stella Beck 11, Lisa Scott 10)
Nelson Sparks 47 (Jelena Vucinic 11, Jess Bygate 10, Nicky Rampton 10) Otago Oceana Goldrush 54 (Te Paea Selby-Ricket 16, Danielle Calman 15)
Canterbury Wildcats 64 (Philippa Connell 16, Hannah Mackay 13, Hayley Gray 13) Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 58 (Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 22, Morgan Hunter 16, Elise Cassidy 10)
Palmerston North Storm 46 (Danielle Pomare-Mckay 10, Sharleen Hold 10) Harbour Breeze 67 (Rebecca van Kuyk 22, Halsey Ward 15)
Hutt Valley Flyers 9-1
Waitakere West Auckland 8-2
Nelson Sparks 7-3
Harbour Breeze 6-4
Otago Oceana Goldrush 6-4
Taranaki Trojans 6-4
Waikato Wizards 5-5
Canterbury Wildcats 4-6
Rotorua Lady Vols 2-8
Palmerston North Storm 2-8
Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 0-10
Click here to view the online results.