Basketball's Summer League logjam at the top
FRESH off the back of a successful weekend carnival in Gladstone, the under 16 Rep girls secured their first win of the season in round nine of Division 1 Women's Summer League.
The Rep girls accounted for the Ripperteam Bears 52-43. For most of the season the under 16's have struggled to put winning scores on the board, but on the back of a 19 point haul from Alicia Smyth that wasn't a problem this round.
The Rep team broke the game open in the final quarter where they outscored the Bears 21-12, turning strong defence into fast break baskets.
In the other Division 1 Women's game the under 18 Rep team were victorious against the Frenchville Panthers. The victory sees the under 18 girls move to equal top position on the ladder to with the Panthers.
In a dominant display the under 18's managed 66 points, while keeping their opponents to just 38. The Panthers were without star recruit Sam Norwood and three point specialist Katrina Clifford which will give them confidence when the teams rematch in an all important contest later in the season.
Shannan Muggeridge and Tori Rouse did much of the damage for the under 18's, finishing with 16 and 11 points respectively.
The Men's Division 1 competition continues to be fiercely contested with any one of the four teams proving they can beat anyone else on their night.
Ripperteam bounced back from a heavy defeat last week to overcome Frenchville White 74-57.
Craig Bosel again led the way for Ripper finishing with 24 points as he dominated the boards.
Ryan Scott and Pat Taylor also provided a perimeter presence stretching the Frenchville zone which provided Bosel with more space to operate inside.
The match-up was fairly even, with the two teams essentially separated during the 19-4 point second quarter where Ripperteam's tough man-to-man defence was at its best.
Despite strong performances by Peni Nasalo and Marcus Fossey, Toledo was unable to hand the Frenchville Stingers their second loss in as many weeks.
The Stingers showed why they sit on top of the ladder taking care of business late in the fourth quarter and cementing the game 69-63.
Jared Blanchard proved a tough match-up creating all sorts of headaches for Toledo in offensive transition.
The athletic guard skyed to the basket on numerous occasions showing flair and creativity in the air. Blanchard, who finished the game with 24 points, was well supported by Leon Christensen who chipped in with 17 points.
With one week remaining before the break, both the Men's and Women's Summer Leagues couldn't be tighter.