By Ian Beeck | posted on November 28, 2019
PANTHERS smashed Crystal Blues by 45 points on Tuesday night in the Albany Basketball Association’s Women’s A-Grade competition to join Kinjarling Storm at the top of the ladder.
Despite the lobsided score, the game was played at a physically-frenetic pace with many bruising clashes and even blood being spilt.
Ella Scamozzi continued her outstanding year finishing with 17 points and she was one of five Panthers players to reach double figures in a consistent team effort.
Kayla Thomas with 12 points, Darcy Kerr and Madison Dallimore with 11, the latter shooting the lights out with three monster three-pointers, and Sheridan Kowald with 10 all played well.
The league’s outright leading scorer Valerie Corbett is an offensive juggernaut putting up James Harden-like numbers as she again led her team in scoring with 15 points but had little help from teammates.
The match between Valkyries and Raiders U18 Girls was cancelled while Kinjarling Storm had the bye.
In the Men’s A-Grade, Knights showed while they are two games clear on top as they accounted for Tigers by 30 points.
Henry Alforque led all scorers with 23 points whilst the league’s leading scorer Kye Griffiths still finished with 15 points but was down after consecutive 30+ point games.
For Tigers, Bodhi Holmes stood out with 21 points including a couple from downtown.
There were euphoric scenes as Blazers finally overcame their drought, winning their first game beating Railways Tigers by four points.
Jeffery Fitzpatrick with 13 points and Zac Pearson with 12 helped carry their team to the narrow victory.
For Railways, Kyle Smith with 11 and Cyrus Upson on 10 points threatened to chase down the total.
In the final match, Ambassadors went on a scoring spree against Barking Owls winning 80-54.
Caleb Carman got off the leash totaling a game-high 24 points, Todd Knuiman had his best game of the year with 19 while three-point king David Arthur hit three from long-range in his 15 points.
For the Owls, Xavier Brenton-Reed tallied 15 points supported by Tristan Mckenzie with 13.