First strike

UWI, Lady Cavs take 1-0 leads

Station Hill Cavaliers and University of the West Indies Blackbirds registered respective wins when the semi-finals of the No.1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange sponsored-Barbados Amateur Basketball Association’s Women’s League were played last night at the Wildey Gymnasium.

In the best of three series showdown UWI were victorious over St John Sonics 71-63, after leading 15-9, 41-19 and 54-45 after three quarters. They achieved their victory compliments of a top score of 19 points from Jada Saunders, Tiffany Thorpe with 18 and 11 each from Sade Haynes and Tonya Corbin.

Jada Saunders (center in black) top scored with 19 for University of the West Indies. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Jada Saunders (center in black) top scored with 19 for University of the West Indies. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

While that game was competitive, reigning queens Station Hill Cavaliers had their way with Hoopsters in a 60-38 mauling that saw them ahead after three quarters at 14-9, 31-17 and 38-29.

UWI really stamped their authority on Sonics who had a fresh face in Christalee Lynch who topped her team’s scoring with 19 points, along with Tiffany Husbands also with 19 and Wanda Small with 16 points.

The Cave Hill women had a six-point advantage heading into the second quarter and they swung the momentum in their favour with Thorpe producing two big three-pointers to tally ten in that particular quarter along with six each from Saunders and Haynes to put UWI over the 30 point mark. Sonics managed to score ten in that quarter compared to UWI’s 26. Credit must be given to UWI centers Jacqueline Browne and Haynes for making life difficult for Sonics whenever they tried to attack in the paint.

At the beginning of the penultimate period there was an incident involving Rosalind Davis of Sonics who collided with Thorpe and it was Davis who was down for a while with a head injury and had to leave the court for a couple minutes. Despite one of their top players being injured and UWI having a healthy lead of 22 points, Sonics were never deterred and took the attack to the UWI defence and with some good passes at that stage Sonics found the basket easily as Lynch netted 14 that included two threes, Small had ten and Husbands two for a total of 26 points while UWI scored 13 that allowed them to reach 50.

The game came down to a nine-point difference in the fourth quarter and that gave Sonics the incentive to fight. They tallied 18 points in that quarter, thanks mostly to Husbands and Small, as UWI had Lynch heavily marked. The UWI ladies scored 17 in that quarter and maintained their advantage to come out on top.

In the other game Cavaliers played with lots of confidence when they took on the youthful Hoopsters and after leading 14-9 entering the second quarter they scored an additional ten points in that quarter before Hoopsters actually responded through Latifa Wood who was the only player to reach double figures with 12. The second highest scorers for Hoopsters were Zakiya Kirton and Tatyana Waldron with seven points each.

Melissa Goodman (right) of Hoopsters takes an open shot at the basket.
Melissa Goodman (right) of Hoopsters takes an open shot at the basket.

Cavaliers’ point guard Tamisha Flatts ended with a game high 22 points, shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch had 19 and Ria Phillips chipped in with 11.

One of Hoopsters’ major problems was that they allowed Flatts in particular too much room, especially in the fourth quarter in which she netted 13 points.

Many are predicting that Cavaliers will win convincingly to secure their place in the finals and others are watching to see if Sonics, who were without the service of Chantal Husbands, will give UWI a run for their money.

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