Tigers claim historic championship as North lose again

North Adelaide Rockets 61 | Southern Tigers 65

 

The Southern Tigers have emphatically ended their 21-year title drought, riding on the back of a wild fan-base to defeat North Adelaide by four points at Titanium Security Arena.


Mollie McKendrick earned MVP honours for her efforts on the night, scoring 17 points and 10 boards, many of which coming in a decisive second half performance.


The Rockets however will be left to rue missed opportunities, in what was their fourth grand final loss in the past six seasons.


In their first grand final since 1996, the Tigers struggled to find their feet, as Norrisha Victrum (13 points) had the favourites on the board early.


North Adelaide were at their punishing best on transition, but a Tara Dodman triple calmed the nerves for Southern, as they limited the damage to enter quarter time down by four.


In her 200 th match, Kirsty Williams looked strong early but was left worse for wear after a sickening collision, with the veteran sadly taking no further part in the match.


North consolidated despite the loss of their captain, as a tough second term saw the margin extend to six in favour of the Rockets.


Jemma Thacker (12 points) cut the gap to a solitary point for Southern after two quick-fire baskets, before she rejected Victrum’s weaving layup, as her side took the mantle in a frenetic championship term.


As North Adelaide began to lose contact, Alex Green lost her contact, literally, as play temporarily halted to search for the Southern star’s missing lens.


Regardless, the Tigers continued to feed off of a maniacal crowd, entering three-quarter time ahead, 48-46.
The Rockets seemed shell-shocked and continued to fall away in the last.


Alex Green (16 points) hit two triples to extend the lead to nine points in a match that was fast becoming Southern’s to lose.

Jo Hill (17 points, 14 rebounds) spent much of the second half being hounded by Southern fans, but – in what may be her final match – showed admirable fight and began to spark the Rockets. 


A crucial and-one from Tayla Corrigan brought the margin down to three, and as the tie entered its final two minutes, the opposing teams went basket-for- basket as the atmosphere continue to build.


Corrigan was in the thick of the action, landing consecutive blocks before missing a routine basket to have the Rockets entering the final 45 seconds down, 61-62.


In a crucial moment, Alex Green stood tall for the Tigers, hitting three from four from the line to extend the margin to an invaluable four points with just ten seconds remaining.


Opal Mader (14 points) spurned the crucial three-point jumper that held North Adelaide’s last title hopes, as the Southern Tigers saw out the clock to secure their awesome, drought-ending championship.




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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 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 16.38 4 Jo Hill North 14.74 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 14.67
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
13.5
AV REB
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 11.11 3 Jo Hill North 8.68 4 Caroline Burgess Sturt 8.44 5 Hannah Hank Centrals 7.92
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
6.05
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Kedeisha Kartinyeri Eastern 4.4 3 Alexandra Green Southern 4.33 4 Jo Hill North 4.11 5 Norrisha Victrum North 4
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
Alex  Wilson
Leader
35.33
3P%
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Demi Skinner Southern 35.29 3 Shannon Mckay Norwood 34.65 4 Alexandra Green Southern 34.33 5 Jessy Ward Norwood 32.86
Match Points
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Total Rebounds
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Pos Player Team TR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 211 3 Jo Hill North 165 4 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 156 5 Caroline Burgess Sturt 152
Total Assists
2017 Premier League Women
Total Offensive Rebounds
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Total Defensive Rebounds
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Pos Player Team DR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 179 3 Jo Hill North 115 4 Caroline Burgess Sturt 113 5 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 110
Total Blocks
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Pos Player Team BL 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 33 3 Tayla Corrigan North 29 4 Chelsea Brook Norwood 21
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Total Steals
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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 Samuel Daly Sturt 5.9 3 Patrick Thomas West 5.8 4 Darren Ng Woodville 4.21 5 Jake Rios Forestvill 3.94
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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