Published Tuesday 8th March 2011
Depiro McDonald’s are the sole leaders of the Women’s League after their victory over Luxol last weekend.
Hibs Medsea joined Luxol in second place after beating Starlites Sports Experience while Alyssa Ashley Loyola returned to winning ways after seeing off St Andrew’s. The other match in programme, Athleta-Mtarfa, was postponed.
Depiro-Luxol was a match of two tales. Brian Mifsud’s girls dominated the first and fourth quarters and Val Drury’s Luxol showed their best in the other two sessions. In the end, Depiro ran out 64-50 winners.
Depiro looked sharp right from the jumpball. Turning the ball efficiently in attack, they carved numerous openings in Luxol’s static defence to lead 17-2 by the end of the first quarter.
The two-minute interlude came at an appropriate time for Luxol who brightened up their ideas and potted the opening seven points of the second session to get back in contention. This was a difficult moment for Depiro but they did well to lift their game and hold a 29-15 lead at half-time.
Luxol looked even more determined after the break and their full-court press, along with Beverylee Zammit’s three-pointers, unnerved Depiro whose saw their advantage whittled down to a single basket, 35-33.
A time-out by Mifsud and substitutions helped Depiro stop the rot to start the last 10 minutes 41-35 ahead.
One expected Luxol to maintain their bold efforts to win this match but they were slow in recovery in defence and their shooting touch suddenly deserted them.
Depiro were now in full control, going on to chalk up their 11th consecutive victory in the championship.
As expected, Hibs were never troubled by Starlites to keep in touch with leaders Depiro.
With pivot Alexis Darmanin back after a long injury lay-off, Hibs opened a comfortable 47-7 lead at half-time. Starlites were never in the game as Hibs continued to dictate matters for a 70-17 victory.
Loyola practically made sure of victory over St Andrew’s with a 14-point streak in the third quarter after going 24-20 ahead at the half-time break.
St Andrew’s could never wipe out that deficit as Loyola went on to win 46-38.
Standings: Depiro 23 (11-1); Luxol 22 (10-2), Hibs 22 (10-2); Loyola 18 (6-6); Athleta 16 (5-6); St Andrew’s 15 (3-9); Starlites 14 (2-10); Mtarfa 11 (0-11).
Top-scorers: K. Agius (Depiro) 230; L. Bezzina (Hibs) 202; L. Sciberras (Athleta) 177.