Samoa girls almost have it but lost it

"(Its)gGonna be a tough game" said Anthony Aetonu, assistant coach for the American Samoa team, and tough it was. Samoa had a good start with Annie Soliai scoring the first points of the game. Half way through the first quarter and Samoa was ahead with American Samoa yet to score. Samoa appeared to be playing like they did in their first two games. Their defence has improved, they are screening more and their shots are going in. Samoa leads the game at the end of the first quarter 15-5.

Seven minutes left in the second quarter and we see the return of Samoa's captain April Atuaia, who had missed the last three games due to a knee injury. Samoa still has two players out of the game Suzette Atoa and Salote Leitupo. Second quarter ends with Samoa still ahead; 32-20.

The third quarter saw both teams playing excellent defence, the American Samoan team especially as they closed the gap making it a tied game at the end of the third quarter with 41 all. The first minute of the fourth quarter sees American Samoa in the lead for the first time. With one point difference between the teams for more than two minutes of the last quarter. The crowd goes crazy as Sweetie Hicks ties the game again. The game was very exciting with the crowd cheering and booing. Samoa totally lost the plot in the last thirty seconds of the game holding on to the ball, not even attempting to shoot leaving them with another loss, American Samoa 60 to Samoa 59.


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