Phys Ed a convincing winner

College A wing attack Abby Johnston looks to move the ball on against South Pacific Titans A at...
College A wing attack Abby Johnston looks to move the ball on against South Pacific Titans A at the Edgar Centre on Saturday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Phys Ed A had a convincing win in its second game of the premier A grade season on Saturday, beating St Hilda’s 77-30.

It was dominant throughout the match in all areas of the court, particularly in the shooting circle.

Goal shoot Meleitia Tatupu scored the majority of her team’s goals, landing 67 of her 76 attempts, at 88%.

She was an easy target for her feeders, whether she was holding space under the hoop or getting in front of her defenders.

Phys Ed’s attackers were sharp and able to score quickly, sometimes only needing two passes to get the ball into the circle.

The second quarter was its most impressive, scoring 20 goals while keeping St Hilda’s to just three.

St Hilda’s struggled to move the ball down court as Phys Ed’s defence was smothering, often causing held balls or stray passes.

Phys Ed’s circle defenders made things difficult for St Hilda’s attackers, by nabbing rebounds and intercepts.

Goal attack Atawhai Hotene also showed her skills on defence, taking three intercepts of her own.

Phys Ed ended the first half with a run of eight unanswered goals, and led 41-12 at the break.

Both teams made positional changes to start the second half and St Hilda’s had a better quarter.

Its wing attack Gemma Rowcroft moved into centre and continued her fine form.

She was able to get free and find space when driving down court.

She was a key player in the St Hilda’s attacking line, at times getting every second pass.

Her team had more opportunities in the third quarter, due to either Phys Ed errors or creating turnovers, but was unable to consistently get the ball to its shooters.

Phys Ed players were tight on defence and often got the ball back if they lost possession.

Its defence in the midcourt and on the St Hilda’s centre pass caused multiple held balls.

St Hilda’s final quarter was its best, scoring 10 goals and showing patience with the ball.

However, Phys Ed continued its confident performance.

In other games, Southern Magpies beat Phys Ed B 43-23, College A defeated South Pacific Titans A 68-59 and Phys Ed C downed Uni Albion A 49-35.

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