Massey A1 let a golden opportunity slip to knock over defending champions Rahui in premier club action at the B&M Centre last night.
Massey led until midway through the fourth quarter and it looked as if Rahui were heading for their second loss in a row, but the students faltered late in the game and Rahui got home 48-46.
Massey were in control at 29-25 up at halftime, with wing defence Rachael Lynch and defenders Vicki Miller and Kate Milne working overtime.
But errors crept into their game and with Rahui defending strongly in midcourt, Massey kept giving the ball away on attack.
Central Pulse defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit started at goal attack for Rahui, shooting 14 from 23, but when she swapped positions with goal defence Katarina Cooper at halftime, things turned around.
Cooper shot 14 from 16 and Selby-Rickit's work in defence saw Massey come undone.
Selby-Rickit and Hinekura Winiata stopped Massey from shooting in close and Selby-Rickit had the height to grab all the rebounds from missed shots.
Massey would rally and look like they would chase down Rahui, but each time they would turn the ball over and Rahui would go up by two goals again.
Ngahuia Henare at wing attack also stood out for Rahui and Maraea Murray shot 20 from 27.
Massey wing attack Hanna Tevita was finding Keaghan Seymour in space and she shot 33 from 41 while Maila Muliaga hit 13 from 17.
Manukura Black were too classy for Feilding A1, with a 53-40 win.
Feilding started the better of the two sides, feeding the circle well and their defence wasn't letting much through, giving them a narrow 11-10 lead after the first quarter.
Feilding were still in it at halftime, behind just 25-23, but Manukura were faster moving the ball and wing defence Renee Te Riini and centre Sheridan Bignall were picking up any loose passes Feilding threw.
After halftime Manukura went up a gear and Feilding couldn't match it, especially in the third quarter where they only scored five goals with Irihapeti Taurima off.
Renee Matoe did most of Manukura's shooting with 48 from 58, while for Feilding, Beth McAsey was their main scorer, shooting 23 from 30, while Taurima shot 17 from 20 in three quarters on court.
Feilding's best were goal goal defence Jodi Beaumont and centre Keri Hayden.
Manukura Red won the battle of the schoolgirls, thrashing Palmerston North Girls' High School 68-41. Aside from the second quarter which Girls' High lost 17-15, they couldn't keep up with Manukura, who led 32-21 at halftime.
Manukura had Emma-May Murray-Fifita nail 38 from 46 goals, and Diahn Strickland 30 from 40.
For Girls' High, who lost centre Ruby August through injury in the first quarter, Hannah Rowe shot 22 from 31 and Maia Watling 19 from 23.
Switch drew clear of the bottom of the table with a 60-34 win over Feilding A2.
Switch are sixth, three points clear of Feilding A2 in seventh now.
Feilding kept the pace for the first quarter, trailing just 12-11, but Switch pulled out in the second quarter for a 29-20 lead at halftime and Feilding didn't look like chasing them down.
Brooke Clarke shot 29 from 37 for Switch and Cat Scoon shot 31 from 35.
For Feilding, Georgia Coombes sunk 17 from 22 and the next best was Georgia Ratima with nine from 20.
LAST NIGHT'S RESULTS
Rahui 48 Massey A1 46 Switch 60 Feilding A2 34 Manukura Black 53 Feilding A1 40 Manukura Red 68 PNGHS 41 STANDINGS P W D L F A BP Pts Rahui 12 11 0 1 729 507 0 33 Manukura B 12 11 0 1 778 555 0 33 Massey A1 12 7 1 4 640 546 2 25 Manukura R 12 7 1 4 615 604 1 24 Feilding A1 12 7 0 5 525 500 2 23 Switch 12 2 0 10 531 678 3 9 Feilding A2 12 2 0 10 451 697 0 6 PNGHS 12 0 0 12 469 651 3 3
- Manawatu Standard
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