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16 JUNE 2009 - A trio of current or former New Zealand Tall Ferns recorded big nights to help their teams to wins in the Australia Basketball Association state leagues last weekend.

Tall Ferns forward Natalie Purcell went at almost a point a minute, scoring 24 points and stuffing the rest of her stats-line in 25 minutes as her Northside Wizards rolled the Toowoomba Mountaineers 75-43 in round eight of the Queensland Basketball League on Saturday.

Purcell hit on 10-of-16 shots from the field, making 2-of-6 three-point shots and splitting her four free-throw attempts, while pulling down seven rebounds, dishing four assists, four steals and a block. The Wizards (4-6) moved up to 11th with the win.

Tall Ferns point guard Angela Marino scored 23 points, dropped four assists, pulled down three rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes as her Sturt Sabres defeated the South Adelaide Panthers at home on Saturday in round 10 of the Central Australia Basketball League.

Marino went 7-of-21 from the field, including making five three-pointers, and 4-of-6 on free-throws as the Sabres improved to sixth at 6-4.

Former national team guard Lisa Pardon put up 20 points (8/16 FG, 1/5 3pt, 3/4 FT), four assists, two boards and a steal in 36 minutes, guiding the Bulleen Boomers to an 81-62 home win over Eltham in round 11 of the Big V competition on Saturday. The Boomers sit third at 9-3.

Tall Ferns Toni Edmondson and Lisa Wallbutton split their home-and-away double-header with the Albury Wodonga Lady Bandits in round 13 of the South East Australia Basketball League last week.

The pair posted double-doubles in a 64-51 home win against Launceston on Friday night but were held in check offensively in a 57-49 road loss to the Kilsyth Cobras on Saturday, leaving Albury, coached by Tall Ferns video technician Ken Hamilton, sixth at 5-7.

Edmondson had 21 points (9/19 FG, 2/7 3pt, 1/2 FT), 10 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist in 39 minutes, while Wallbutton produced 14 points (7/13 FG, 0/1 3pt), 12 boards, two blocks and two assists in 35 minutes in the win.

Edmondson went for 12 points (5/18 FG, 1/6 3pt, 1/2 FT), seven rebounds, four steals, three blocks and three assists in 40 minutes and Wallbutton six points (3/15 FG, 0/1 3pt), 11 boards, three steals and an assist in 35 minutes against Kilsyth.

Back in Queensland, former secondary schools MVP Shannon Proffit managed four points (1/5 FG, 2/2 FT), three rebounds, two steals and an assist as her Maroochydore Clippers fell 82-79 to the neighbouring Caboolture Suns on Saturday, falling to sixth at 6-4.

Former Emerging Tall Blacks guard Zane Meehl exploded for 25 points (8/19 FG, 2/7 3pt, 7/7 FT), three rebounds and an assist in 35 minutes but could not stop his Maroochydore Clippers suffering a 118-108 road loss to the Suns on Saturday.

Younger brother Zeke Meehl had a perfect shooting night, managing seven points (2/2 FG, 1/1 3pt, 2/2 FT), with a rebound and steal in 15 minutes as the Clips dropped to 3-7.

The tropical north double-header got the better of former Otago Nuggets guard Shaun Tilby and the Gold Coast Goannas in the QBL last week.

Tilby had 16 points (5/10 FG, 2/2 3pt, 4/4 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, a block and steal in 37 minutes in a 106-85 loss to the Cairns Marlins on Saturday, then 13 points (5/13 FG, 0/2 3pt, 3/4 FT), seven boards, two assists and two steals in 40 minutes in a 99-76 defeat to the Townsville Heat on Sunday. Gold Coast remain in the top-eight at 5-6.

Former Waikato junior Te Puao Silver had eight points (4/9 FG, 0/1 3pt), eight rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes, helping first-placed Melbourne (11-1) to a monster 118-52 home win over Latrobe City in round 11 of the Big V Youth League on Saturday.

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