A disappointing defeat for the Tahiti girls
When asked about how he felt about their game ahead against Tahiti, American Samoa Coach Haili Ripley says "We cant take anyone lightly. The Tahiti girls are medal contenders and they are an excellent team. We will try our best not to make too many mistakes"
After yesterday's win against PNG, coach Ripley hopes that the American Samoa girls will keep that momentum going in their game today against the Tahitian girls.
The Tahitian coach Varsovie Christian says "American Samoa girls are a good team. I am certain we'll have a good match. I hope its us that win. But I know it will be a hard game today."
Sure enough, as coach Varsovie mentioned, the game was hard. It looked as though the Tahitians were going to go down easy with a shaky start after a 22 to 6 lead by the American Samoa girls but it wasn't the case.
The 2nd quarter brought Tahiti back stronger. They managed to maintain a good margin although weren't able to close it even with the presence of some good players namely Maea Lextreyt and Orama Laille.
The 3rd quarter had the Tahitians maintaining their gap but some brilliant steals and 3 pointers from Latoya Marshall and Derisa Taleni kept American Samoa in the lead. At times as the game drew to a finish, both teams were evidently tired as passes and shots were forced. Some great layups from Tahiti despite the strong attack from the heavy American Samoan girls.
The 4th quarter brought tough competition as the Tahitians attempted to rescue the game but the final whistle brought the game to a 15 point lead by American Samoa. Tahiti put up a tough challenge.
Tomorrow will see American Samoa against the Solomon Island girls.