Roncalli A shut down promoted Geraldine High
Roncalli A halted Geraldine High School's momentum in emphatic fashion with a 52-32 premier grade win last night.
A 17-4 second quarter set up the win as the plucky promotion side were simply out-gunned after a win the previous week.
Old Boys, Harlequins and Mackenzie Old Girls also won during round three at the Southern Trust Events Centre.
Roncalli A made a promising start by forcing a turnover and opening a 4-1 advantage.
Both teams looked nervous, with turnovers punctuating the opening quarter.
Roncalli goal keep Jaymee Cannell and her opposite Kim Brown cancelled each other out in a strong opening quarter.
Roncalli A had scored more than 40 goals in their opening two games but their attacking third was tested early as both teams were locked at 8-8 after the first quarter. Roncalli A looked most likely to establish a lead as their attack began to click.
Geraldine goal attack Rosie Tulisi was trying hard on defence but Roncalli began to play with speed which helped them earn a five-goal advantage quickly.
Geraldine had to call a tactical injury timeout to halt the onslaught.
Roncalli shooter Sonnie Katene feasted on the turnover ball and the lead soon grew as goal attack Laura Dorgan worked hard outside the circle.
Geraldine relied on the long, over the top pass to feed their shooters, with mixed results.
An even first quarter blew out to a 25-12 halftime lead for Roncalli A.
With a big lead, Roncalli were able to try out a few combinations in the second half, with Libby Davenport coming into the shooting circle.
Geraldine improved their accuracy in all areas of the court and managed to win the third quarter by one goal.
Geraldine were able to salvage some pride with their second half effort, however for Roncalli to score 52 goals in a game would be deflating to their confidence levels.
Old Boys pressured the Roncalli B feeders who found it tough to get the ball to their shooters.
Goal defence Ellen Davey and centre Anita Denbaars were unrelenting.
Goal attack Genae Manson also took some shooting pressure off the always reliable Lindsay Anderson.
The young and inexperienced Roncalli B team tried hard in the midcourt, with centre Kaylee Hutton grabbing a couple of intercepts.
Old Boys' only blemish was their eagerness to push the pass at speed which resulted in some soft turnovers.
An 18-11 halftime lead was trimmed by one after a strong third quarter from the schoolgirls.
Goal defence Kate Shaw harassed her way to several turnovers, while goal attack Abby O'Brien and goal shoot Emily Gilchrist found some accuracy with their shots.
Old Boys had the game nice and safe but Roncalli B could be proud of their second-half effort.
Harlequins were keen to avenge their first-round loss to Craighead and they started promisingly, bounding out to a 9-5 quarter-time advantage.
Had Craighead goal attack Maddie Lysaght not been so involved, Harlequins' advantage could have been more.
Harlequins wing defence Kara Hayes had a strong first half while Craighead played well in patches but could not stick with Harlequins.
A six-goal advantage at halftime looked to be a winning advantage.
It proved to be the case as Craighead failed to treasure possession in the second half.
Harlequins were not at their dynamic best but with an 11-goal advantage for the fourth quarter, the victory was never in doubt.
Mackenzie snapped their losing streak with a strong fourth-quarter effort to down Pleasant Point. The match was deadlocked at halftime but Mackenzie held their nerve and help their cause to avoid the wooden spoon.
SCORES AT A GLANCE Old Boys 34, Roncalli B 26; Mackenzie Old Girls 30, Pleasant Point 23; Harlequins 37, Craighead 21; Roncalli A 52, Geraldine High School 32
- The Timaru Herald