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Lady Cavs rule

Defending champs set the pace in opening exchanges

Reigning basketball queens Station Hill Cavaliers have started the 2015 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s No. 1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange-sponsored Women’s League on a tear.

Last night at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex they improved their record after the first round of matches to 4-0 with a 62-42 mauling of Urban Vybz St John Sonics.

Station Hill Cavaliers point guard Ria Phillips steals a pass meant for Sonics top-scorer Tiffany Husbands (left) as Sanchia Mayers (right) looks on.

Station Hill Cavaliers point guard Ria Phillips steals a pass meant for Sonics top-scorer Tiffany Husbands (left) as Sanchia Mayers (right) looks on.

Also on the courts were the Challengers women who came from behind to defeat the Hoopsters 63-59 in a close and exciting encounter.

In the featured game Cavaliers had the advantage seconds before the opening quarter ended with the score being 12-10 but a two-point shot from point guard Chantal Husbands allowed Sonics to lock the scores. But that was a mere aberration as Sonics were left to play catch-up for the rest of the night; which they never achieved.

The more experienced Cavaliers commanded the second and third quarters with the score-line at the breaks reading 27-22 and 49-30. Cavs’ point guard Tamisha Flatts top-scored with 19 points, while Maria Cumberbatch netted 13 and there were 12 each from veteran Astrid Alleyne and Ria Phillips.

The Husbands sister of Tiffany and Chantal were Sonics’ main top scorers with 14 and 13 respectively but they could not hold off Cavaliers who were good on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court.

In the second quarter Cavaliers took the lead 14-12 through shooting guard Cumberbatch and from there on Flatts and Alleyne took care of business. Flatts scored one of two free throws followed by two consecutive two pointers to move them on to 19 while Alleyne who plays center found another two to put Cavaliers on 21 and from there on they never looked back, even though the Husbands siblings did well to put Sonics over 20 points.

When the penultimate quarter commenced Cavaliers moved on to 30 points in no time when Alleyne opened with two to move them on to 29 followed by another two-pointer from Phillips which put Cavaliers on 31 points.

Later with the score on 46-30 in Cavaliers’ favour, Flatts got into the thick of things and nailed a three-pointer to end that quarter with a bang for Cavaliers and a 16-points advantage over Sonics who had no answers for the unstoppable champions.

In the other game played Hoopsters led 17-8 in the first quarter but Challengers fought well in the second to lock the scores at 26 but Hoopsters regained the lead and took the advantage at 43-39 as the third-quarter ended.

Challengers top-scorer Laticia Green (with ball) goes up strong to the basket. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Challengers top-scorer Laticia Green (with ball) goes up strong to the basket. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

The game changer came when the score was at 47-44 to Hoopsters and Laticia Green scored one of her three three-pointers to even things at 47-47. Green ended the game with a game high 25 points while Tara Dowrich ended on 13 for Challengers.

Cheryl Steele then scored two two-pointers to give Challengers the lead at 51 and while Challengers were suddenly looking good in the fourth quarter, Tammy Hope –– who scored nine points –– received two technicals and had to sit out the remainder of the game for Challengers.

Tatyana Walrond of Hoopsters top-scored with 17 points and six of those came in the decisive quarter which allowed Hoopsters to fight their way back into the game. Walrond scored two vital free throws to tie the score at 53-53 but Green and company managed to edge ahead with their hustle play. Hoopsters were down at 57-59 and needed some stops but Green scored another two points to expand Challengers’ lead by four points and take the game. Leann Nurse, who scored six points for the winners, and played well on defence, fouled out with 17.8 seconds remaining on the clock but Challengers were not to be denied their victory.

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