Rockets Women soar into GF after outstanding final term

Southern Tigers 61 | North Adelaide Rockets 67

 

North Adelaide are the first side in the Women’s 2017 Premier League Grand Final, recording a Jo Hill-inspired victory over an erratic Southern at Morphett Vale on Saturday Night.

The former Opals star accumulated 18 points, 11 boards and 5 steals, and was at her commanding best in the final minutes as the Rockets made a vital late run to take the win.

Up 56-49 with under 6:00 remaining in the fourth, the Tigers were left shell-shocked after Hill and Opal Mader (11 points) pioneered an awesome four-minute 13-point run, completely reversing the score-line.

Despite a drought-breaking jumper from Skinner, the match slipped away from Southern, eventually losing out by six.

“We just had to dig deep,” said Hill.

“You find things wherever you can.

“We hadn’t beaten (Southern) all year and to beat them tonight and go straight into the grand final was fantastic.”

It was an impressive start for the home side, who built a seven-point lead in the first term through strong transition plays and the presence of Mollie McKendrick (12 points).

North coach Brenton Johnstone was particularly livid on the sidelines, and the visitors responded accordingly, taking the lead late in the second before Norrisha Victrum buried a crowd-taming layup as time expired.

Victrum celebrated with a huge fist-pump and roar, knowing how much it meant to have a four-point lead at the half after a dominant quarter.

The third term saw the margin chop-and-change, as Raynisha Washington fired consecutive baskets to place the lead back in the hands of the hosts.

Tayla Corrigan (11 points) restored the lead for the away side, before Hill ensured they entered the final term ahead, 41-44.

Jemma Thacker (10 points, 8 boards) was the catalyst in a 13-2 run for the Tigers at the start of the final period, as they built that seemingly dominant seven-point lead.

But a quality jumper from the brilliant veteran kick-started the match-winning streak that left the hosts in their wake, with a difficult Preliminary Final against an in-form Norwood outfit to suit up for.




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Average Points
2017 Premier League Women
Alex  Wilson
Leader
26.84
AV PTS
Pos Player Team AV PTS 2 Jessica Good Norwood 18.4 3 Ashley Claussen Woodville 17.72 4 Jennifer Monroe Woodville 17.56 5 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 16.38
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
13.5
AV REB
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Jennifer Monroe Woodville 11.17 3 Teonna Campbell South 11.12 4 Alex Wilson Eastern 11.11 5 Jo Hill North 8.68
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
6.05
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Ashley Claussen Woodville 4.83 3 Kedeisha Kartinyeri Eastern 4.4 4 Alexandra Green Southern 4.33 5 Jo Hill North 4.11
Free Throw Percentage
2017 Premier League Women
Denelle Fawcett
Leader
87.76
FT%
Pos Player Team FT% 2 Jo Hill North 85.23 3 Jessica Good Norwood 82.68 4 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 81.33 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 78.26
Three Point Percentage
2017 Premier League Women
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Ashley Claussen Woodville 35.67 3 Alex Wilson Eastern 35.33 4 Demi Skinner Southern 35.29 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 34.65
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2017 Premier League Women
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2017 Premier League Women
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2017 Premier League Women
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2017 Premier League Women
Pos Player Team DR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 179 3 Teonna Campbell South 136 4 Jo Hill North 115 5 Caroline Burgess Sturt 113
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2017 Premier League Women
Total Personal Fouls
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Average Points
2017 Premier League Men
Majok Deng
Leader
26.94
AV PTS
Pos Player Team AV PTS 2 Darrius Oldham West 26.23 3 Aric Miller North 24.2 4 Alexander Starling North 23.47 5 Jerrell Sanders Norwood 18.87
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Men
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Majok Deng Forestvill 12.12 3 David Humphries Centrals 10.9 4 Jerrell Sanders Norwood 8.27 5 Darrius Oldham West 8.18
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Men
Kellen Smith
Leader
6.4
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Hamish Staude Southern 6.08 3 Samuel Daly Sturt 5.9 4 Patrick Thomas West 5.8 5 Darren Ng Woodville 4.21
Free Throw Percentage
2017 Premier League Men
Darren Ng
Leader
91.89
FT%
Pos Player Team FT% 2 Lachlan Barker Eastern 84.13 3 Jacob Rigoni Sturt 83.33 4 Darrius Oldham West 82.42 5 Jake Rios Forestvill 80.95
Three Point Percentage
2017 Premier League Men
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Brad Jonnek North 38.89 3 Tristan Braithwaite West 38.54 4 Nelson Larkins Centrals 36.56 5 Patrick Thomas West 34.78
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