Falcons pull off upset, OGHS just misses

One pulled off an upset.

The other fell just short.

The Andy Bay Falcons and South Pac OGHS both put on impressive displays in women’s club basketball on Tuesday night.

The Falcons beat Ajax 47-42, claiming their first win against an opponent other than OGHS since 2019.

It was a heavily depleted Ajax side — missing five of its leading scorers — which had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

Former Gold Rush forward Danielle Frost (22 points) was left to generate most of its scoring.

However, the Falcons remain without key injured duo Jenna Small and Brittney Young, but are quickly finding value in two of Otago’s best prospects.

Fourteen-year-old duo Alexa Duff and Elise Carline had 12 and 10 points respectively, combining for 19 of the Falcons’ 29 second-half points.

That helped them take the lead, after trailing 20-18 at halftime, and hold on in a low-scoring fourth quarter in which Duff scored all the Falcons’ points.

OGHS was unlucky not to beat Varsity, the students 69-67 winners.

Libby Briggs hit four three-pointers and had 28 points as OGHS fell just short.

Varsity held a slight buffer most of the way, but every time it looked to pull away OGHS hit back.

Rosie Davison was influential for the students and finished with 16 points.

The South Pac Magic beat Falcons Dandelions by default, the majority of the Dandelions squad being away with the Otago under-19 team.

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