Blackbirds stand in the way of Lady Cavs’ repeat
A game-high 29 points from point guard Tamisha Flatts propelled reigning queens Station Hill Cavaliers into the knockout final of the Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange sponsored-Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s League at the Barbados Community College last night.
Playing against Hoopsters, Cavaliers emerged 60-49 winners after dominating throughout the quarters with the score line reading 11-8, 30-19 and 48-34. The Lady Cavs will face University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds who won by default after St John Sonics failed to field a team.
Shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch also had a good night for the Station Hill side and netted 17 points to help with the Cavaliers’ effort. Hoopsters struggled offensively with Melissa Goodman their main weapon netting 12 and Latifa Wood chipping in with 11 hard-earned points.
In the opening quarter Cavaliers went up by seven points before Hoopsters actually scored through Goodman. Hoopsters tried to push themselves after that with two from Wood, Tatyana Waldron and Tricia Phillips to put their side on eight while Cavaliers ended the opening quarter with a three-point advantage.
The second quarter was all about the defending champions who dominated with 19 points compared to Hoopsters’ 11. Cavaliers utilized the semi-circle well with good passes from Flatts and Cumberbatch as they made light work of Hoopsters’ defence. There wasn’t much that they could have done against the experienced Cavaliers who were still without the service of Astrid Phillips.
Waldron with ten points in the game for Hoopsters along with Wood and company did reasonably well in the third quarter when Wood opened with a basket and a free throw to make the score 22, followed by twos from Goodman and from Waldron that carried the young Hoopsters team on to 28. At that stage the game became interesting as Cavaliers led by just one point 29-28. But that lasted only for so long as Flatts hit a big three and put Cavaliers up by four.
Zakiya Kirton netted two and that moved Hoopsters to 30 but Cavaliers went into a different gear when Flatts and Cumberbatch teamed up and had their way at the basket with contributions also from Ria Phillips who ended with five points and Denesha Elcock who contributed an important eight. Station Hill ladies remained in control of the game even though Hoopsters scored the most points in the fourth and decisive quarter (15-12) as they tried to make a last ditch effort to narrow the gap.
The final will be played this Sunday at the Barbados Community College.
In the other game played at the college, Pinelands trounced Combermere 84-74 in Under-19 action. They led the scoring at the quarters, 25-18, 44-35 and 62-54.
Jehu Lafea with 25 points and Kadeem Brathwaite 21, helped Pinelands to victory but nothing can be taken away from Combermere forward Andrew Ifill who stole the show with an impressive 33 points. Theo Greenidge finished with ten points for the Combermerians.