Published on Tuesday 25th January 2011
Depiro McDonald’s softened the disappointment of their loss to Alyssa Ashley Loyola in the Detur Shield semi-finals when they had the better of the same opponents in a league match last weekend.
Luxol are level with Depiro on 13 points at the top after an easy win over Starlites Sports Experience and Hibs Medsea stayed in touch with the leaders after beating Athleta.
Taking advantage of the absence of Loyola’s best player, Christine Grima, Depiro were in control from the jumpball. They all but made sure of victory in the first quarter as they took a 25-point lead, 32-7.
After changing ends 47-13 in front, Depiro strolled to a comfortable 93-37 victory.
The gulf between the leading three teams and the rest was reflected by Luxol’s 71-42 defeat of Starlites. Luxol were on top from the first quarter. With Steffi Demartino in fine form, Luxol led 36-15 at half-time. They continued to dictate matters after the interval to win at a canter.
Boosted by the return of pivot Maria Desira, Hibs were never troubled by Athleta. The game had a slow start as the score at half-time testifies… 14-8 in Hibs’ favour.
But, champions Hibs upped their tempo in the third to put the game beyond Athleta as they coasted to a 47-28 win.
Meanwhile, St Andrew’s left Mtarfa still searching for their first victory.
The opening two quarters were somewhat balanced with the Saints changing ends 28-21 ahead.
They continued to hold a slight edge to increase their advantage to 48-32 for the last quarter. Hard as they tried, Mtarfa could not close the gap as St Andrews won with an 18-point margin, 60-42.
Standings: Depiro 13 (6-1); Luxol 13 (6-1); Hibs 12 (5-2); Loyola 10 (3-4); Athleta 9 (2-5); Starlites 8 (1-6); Mtarfa 7 (0-7).
Top scorers: K. Agius (Depiro) 186; L. Bezzina (Hibs) 163; L. Sciberras (Athleta) 140.
Next fixture: Sunday, Detur Shield final 16.15 Loyola vs Hibs.