Blackbirds shot down

 Reigning basketball queens Station Hill Cavaliers defeated University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds 57-39 in round two of the No. 1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange-sponsored 2015 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s League last night.

Playing at the Wildey Gymnasium, UWI found it difficult to get around Cavaliers’ tough defence that was well supported on the offensive side by shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch. She top scored with 20 points, while point guard Tamisha Flatts chipped in with 14 and Safiya Henry netted 11. Those contribution helped Cavaliers to be in the ascendancy at the end of the first three quarters, 12-5, 22-15 and 41-27.

Cavaliers shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch goes around Jada Saunders of UWI. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).
Cavaliers shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch goes around Jada Saunders of UWI. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).

UWI’s highest individual score came from Tiffany Thorpe with 13 and there were eight points each from Nikita President and Tanya Corbin.

It all started with Thorpe opening the game with two points for UWI and Cumberbatch with a clear shot responded with three followed by consecutive twos and another three-pointer from Flatts to make it 12 as Cavaliers went up by seven points at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second quarter Corbin, President and Thorpe put in a collective effort and helped the university women to score ten points in that quarter. In fact that was the same amount scored by Cavaliers who are without the services of national player and center Astrid Alleyne who was unable to play due to injury. The scores were 19-15 when Flatts nailed a three pointer to finish that quarter in style.

Cavaliers then continued where they left off in the penultimate quarter and increased the lead in quick time. From there the defending champions had UWI right where they wanted them and never looked back even though UWI managed to make it past the 30-point mark in the final quarter which at one stage seemed highly unlikely.

In the other game played Challengers won 44-42 against Hoopsters who fought well but were unable to hold on for the win after they trailed throughout the game at 13-6, 21-13 and 26-24. They put up a sterling fight up to the final whistle.

Challengers top-scorer Tara Dowrich is blocked by Ivanna Holder of Hoopsters (right).
Challengers top-scorer Tara Dowrich is blocked by Ivanna Holder of Hoopsters (right).

Tara Dowrich of Challengers was the only player in double digits with 15 points. Meanwhile for Hoopsters Lieann Connell-Forde ended on 14 and was also the only player to reach double figures.

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