Day 2 - Women's P1 - Tahiti 94 def Samoa 27
Although the excitement of the first day and the first match has worn off both teams were keen to start the match, they all arrived early and were straight on court to train at the end of the first match.
Samoa hit the game off with a fast break down to their end and an easy goal scored, seemingly everyone thinking the game would be one-sided.
Tahiti’s teamwork showing to be extremely strong and their fast reflexes taking them ahead and on a lead.
The first half was very even scoring but with Tahiti taking a lead with about 8 minutes to go and continuing their lead throughout the rest of the quarter as their lead got stronger, finishing it leading by 26 with the scores Tahiti 33 to Samoa’s 7.
The second quarter kicked off to a very powerful and fast moving beginning. With Samoa starting to get stressed about the 24 point lead over them with 8 minutes to go in the quarter.
Samoan player, Wilma Te’O took a fall, injuring her ankle but managed to keep going but sat on the bench for a while, the game continued and Tahiti kept their lead strongly.
Samoa kept strong and had very good defense but it just wasn’t enough to overcome Tahiti’s accuracy with their shooting and the quarter ended with Tahiti having a 43 Point lead. (56 - 13)
During the third quarter, the crowd was cheering for the Samoa girls with their native songs. Even though the Samoa girls were losing; they still put up a fight, doing the best they can to score more goals, showing the Samoan team spirit.
The third quarter ended with the Tahiti team leading by 54 points.
The Tahiti girls had always shown teamwork throughout the match, in the last quarter, the Tahiti girls kept on trying to create more opportunities for their teammates to score. In the end, Tahiti won by 67 points. (94-27). Both of the teams had put up a great battle, they all fought their hardest to the end.
By Amy Sanderson and Bo Xue from The Reporters' Academy