Basketball: Hidings both ways for Varsity teams

Varsity A and Magic A made an early statement in the opening round of the Dunedin women's autumn league on Tuesday night.

A year after winning the competition, the students dished out a 69-40 hiding to the Falcons, while the Magic trampled Varsity A2 63-32 at the Edgar Centre.

Bronwyn Kjestrup bagged 19 points in a classy performance for Varsity A, which trailed the Falcons 16-8 after the opening quarter.

But Kjestrup ensured her team awoke from its slumber by knocking down a couple of three-pointers to put her side 32-26 up at halftime.

After extending the lead to 49-36 with a quarter to play, the students put the hammer down and blew out the hapless Falcons in the final quarter.

In the night's other match, guard Dayna Turnbull scored 19 points in her team's 31-point demolition job of Varsity A2.

Turnbull was well supported by Megan Day (14 points) and Kelly Nafatali (10) in the win, which was sealed in the third quarter.

Leading 27-21 at halftime, the Magic limited Varsity to one point in an ugly 10 minutes of basketball for the students.

The 18-1 run in the third quarter sealed the win, before the Magic cruised through the final quarter.

Defending winter league champion Ajax 1 and Ajax 2's match was deferred.

The men's A grade competition starts on Saturday afternoon.

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