After five rounds of Premier 1 hoops, each team have now faced each of their opponents. Two teams remain undefeated, one team remains winless, and both comps remain tight like many predicted.
Wests vs. Norths
Mary Mayen came flying out of the gates last Wednesday, attacking the hoop hard and out-sprinting her Norths counterparts in transition. In the first four minutes, Mayen had already tallied all of Wests’ eight points, going bucket-for-bucket with the opposition. A fast paced first quarter came to a close with Wests leading 20-15 as Callie Bourne continued to answer the call, keeping her Norths team within two possessions. The second quarter slowed down, and Norths started to show the impact centre Emma Rowcliffe’s absence would have. Wests posted up Eloise Good play after play, standing out like a lone light post amongst the shorter Norths zone. When Good didn’t finish a play herself, she either assisted teammates for close-range jumpers or crashed the offensive glass, providing second chances for the Magpies. But each time Wests threatened to push ahead, Norths drilled a timely triple – first Erin Maplesden then Hope Pateman, drawing the half to a 32-25 close. The third quarter told a similar story as Wests maintained a seven to 10 point lead, until a Sarah Taylor jump shot with one minute remaining creaked open the flood gates. Mary Mayen brought the same energy out of the third quarter huddle as she did to start the game, and a tiring Norths side just couldn’t keep up. The one-two-punch of Mayen accelerating in transition and Eloise Good’s height in the half court was just too much for a Norths side missing several key players. After two tough losses in their first three games, Wests finally had the win they’d been waiting for, with a commanding drive to the finish line – final score, 73-48.
Wests: Mary Mayen (23), Eloise Good (15), Kate Whild (11), Alexandra Gorman (10), Sarah Taylor (10)
Norths: Callie Bourne (17)
Ramblers vs. Wests
A slow start to the game saw a 7-8 Ramblers-Wests scoreline seven-and-a-half minutes into the first until a Tom Commins triple sparked the boys in black and yellow. Commins scored seven straight, then a Lachlan Ross three closed the quarter 17-11 Ramblers. When Tim Hewett started the second with a signature mid-range jump shot, it looked like Ramblers were rolling. But Gunners forward, Isaac Plunkett, attacked the rim hard, earning two free throws, and followed with a layup, then Dennis Khanthavivone scored five straight, bringing Wests back within one, 21-20. Ramblers took a timeout and retaliated with a six point run of their own, but Wests guard, Nick Dewey, dialed in from distance and the Magpies tallied 11 points in 90 seconds, taking it to 38-37 Ramblers at the half. The third quarter saw multiple lead changes, until two Andrew Murphy triples – either side of a timeout – shot Wests out in front by seven, but Ramblers fought back to three points at the quarter. Ramblers took the lead to start the final period, until Wests’ Brody Doran made his presence felt. Scoring nine points in seven minutes, it was Doran’s final three off a kick out pass (and Wests’ ninth of the night) that took his team to victory. A couple of big time offensive rebounds by Ramblers newcomer, Jonathan O’Bannon, gave Belconnen some hope. But when a final Lachlan Ross three to tie skimmed back rim and bounced out with 20 seconds remaining, Wests iced the win at the charity stripe.
Ramblers: Tom Commins (15), Tim Hewett (13), James Martin (12), Jonathan O’Bannon (11)
Wests: Isaac Plunkett (18), Broderick Doran (17), Andrew Murphy (12), Nick Dewey (11)
Women’s Premier 1
Dodgers def. Rats 80-52
Dodgers: Lauren Simpson (27), Alice Coddington (16), Michaela Leonard (12)
Rats: Michelle Patt (28)
Men’s Premier 1
Vikings def. Dodgers 104-71
Vikings: Evan Fowler (35), Reece Kaye (16), James Toohey (15), Stephen Rowe (14), Shaun Mills (11)
Dodgers: Nathan Smith (19), Josh Rowcliffe (13), Jesse Wilesmith (11), Josh Hathaway (11)
Rats def. Norths 85-65
Rats: Will Cooper (29), Nathan Brown (25), Mitch Brown (13), Ethan Jetter (10)
Norths: Chris Weir (19), Talor Goodall (16)