Trojans on the rise at WBC
Taranaki Trojans continued to ascend the Women’s Basketball Championship table with their second win on the opening day of play at Tournament Two.
Entering the weekend with a 3-3 record. the Trojans inflicted the hometown Hutt Vally Flyers with their first loss of the season in the morning and followed up with another victory over Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls in the afternoon.
Waitakere West Auckland also hung around the top of the pile with a 71-51 whitewash of crosstown rivals Harbour Breeze.
Improving their record to a 5-2, the Rangers were led by guard Chevannah Paalvast, back home from her scholarship at Monmouth University, who had 24 points to lead all scorers.
In the other early match-up, defending champions Otago Oceana Goldrush got their campaign back on track with a 63-48 result over neighbours Southland, led by 17 points from Southern Steel netballer Jodi Brown.
Women’s Basketball Championship
Tournament Two, Lower Hutt
Friday, July 20
Taranaki Trojans 68 (Terai Sadler 23, Josie Stockill 21) Hutt Valley Flyers 58 (Stella Beck 11, Jacinta Beckley 11)
Otago Oceana Goldrush 63 (Jodi Brown 17) Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 48 (Bailey McDougall 13, Elise Cassidy 12, Morgan Hunter 12)
Waikato Wizards 49 (Rhaiah Spooner-Knight 13, Miriam Slatter 10) Palmerston North Storm 47 (Alicia McEwen 18, Danielle Pomare-Mackay 10)
Waitakere West Auckland 71 (Chevannah Paalvast 24, Adoniah Lewis 10, Penina Davidson 10) Harbour Breeze 51 (Anna Lacy 11, Rebecca Van Kuyk 11)
Taranaki Trojans 62 (Terai Sadler 22, Jose Stockill 19) Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 52 (Te Huinga Selby-Rickett 21)
Hutt Valley Flyers 56 (Margaret Scott 15, Stella Beck 13, Milomilo Nanai 10) Nelson Sparks 46 (Jelena Vucinic 19, Jess Bygate 11)
Canterbury Wildcats 31 (Courtney Hamblin 10) Palmerston North Storm 42 (Alicia McEwen 16)
Harbour Breeze 61 (Brooke Blair 21, Anna Lacey 13) Waikato Wizards 54 (Natasha Lenden 12)
Nelson Sparks 68 (Nicky Rampton 17, Jelena Vucinic 16) Rotorua Lady Volcanics 50 (Aroha Jennings 23, Kaysha Whakarau 14)
Otago Oceana Goldrush 56 (Te Paea Selby –Rickett 14, Jodi Brown 12) Waitakere West Auckland Ranges 64 (Chevannah Paalvast 19, Adoniah Lewis 15)
Hutt Valley Flyers 6-1
Waitakere West Auckland Flyers 6-2
Nelson Sparks 5-2
Taranaki Trojans 5-3
Harbour Breeze 4-3
Waikato Wizards 4-3
Canterbury Wildcats 3-3
Otago Oceana Goldrush 2-4
Palmerston North Storm 2-4
Rotorua Lady Volcanoes 1-6
Southland Kelvin Hotel Pearls 0-7