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After its severe loss to Molyneux last week, the Dunstan A team came out with determination to restore its pride and confidence in the match-up with Cromwell College A.
The Dunstan girls broke Cromwell College’s first centre pass with strong defence work, unsettling the opposition throughout the first quarter. Amy Johnston and Catherine Morris were relentless on defence for Dunstan, gaining turnovers which were well finished off with slick hands and accurate shooting from its shooters. Dunstan A won the first quarter 16-8.
Dunstan started strongly again in the second, breaking the first two centre passes, but Cromwell College rallied and the game took on a more even outlook. Safe hands through the centre court from Laurel Williams fed the Cromwell College shooters and boosted the confidence of the entire team. Dunstan maintained the strong circle defence, but Cromwell demonstrated great patience on the feed into shooters Claudia Patton and Jess Anderson, who shot accurately throughout the game.
Both teams kept their starting line ups on throughout the first three quarters, obviously looking towards consistency leading into the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament in Dunedin in two weeks time.
Tegan Chapman was strong on attack and defence in the Dunstan centre bib, but at times crowded the passing lane. She is proving to be an important cog in the Dunstan midcourt, with her elevation allowing for numerous intercepts. Dunstan asserted its dominance for the entire 60 minutes, ending with a 62-40 win.
Molyneux once again had a convincing win over Vincent 48-36, setting up a final against Dunstan A next Saturday. Diamonds beat Dunstan B 28-13, and Roxburgh Area A was convincing over Dunstan Reserve, 39-25.
- Angela McDonald