The Wendy’s Lady Tarheels captured the FirstCaribbean Bank Big Four Basketball Tournament 2006 Championship in convincing fashion last night as they steamed past Financial Integrated Services. With their star Merta Day unable to play because of injury, FIS’ task of defeating the top team in the league became even more daunting! Not only did the Lady heels come out with their best 1st half performance of the entire season, they also matched it with an equally impressive second half. The game plan for FIS was to double team Dionne O’Garro and keep a close eye on Kamilla Nagy, but they were not expecting the onslaught unleashed by their teammates Mesha Gordon and Benieca Thompson. Wendy’s just had too many powerhouses and too many options for FIS to handle.
For Wendy’s, the objective was to minimize the touches of Lavern Ebanks and Cindy Loadman, two of the leagues top post players and all stars. The Lady Heels’ defensive strategy was a tight 2-1-2 zone that forced FIS to shoot from outside, it was impossible to stop Loadman and Ebanks but it did slow them down enough for Wendy’s to gain leverage. FIS’ Lashawn Davis stepped up incredibly in the finals and penetrated the Lady Heel defense almost at will to create things for her teammates.
In the series the Lady heels outscored FIS by an average of 14 points, out rebounded them by an average of 9 rebounds and averaged 11 more steals than their opponents (20-9). FIS did shoot much better from the free throw line than Wendy’s. FIS finished off just below 50% as a team while the Lady Heels were 23.1% from the line! Who know what may have happened if the game were to be decided by free throws.
For FIS, Cindy Loadman led the way for FIS with 13 points 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Lavern Ebanks had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Lashawn Davis finished with 9 points 3 assists and 5 rebounds in a losing effort. For the Lady Heels, Kamilla Nagy had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals while Mesha Gordon had 11 points, 5 steals and 4 assists; But Dionne O’Garro led her team to victory with an astounding 26 point, 16 rebound, 5 steal, 4 block performance.
The final score was 59 – 42.