Women’s basketball is into its third week of play.
Tonight will see two games at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue in George Town.
At 6:00pm the Dominos Lady Heels battles Welly’s Cool Spot and then at 7:45pm Esso Blazettes take on Storm Quik Cash in a rematch from week two.
The teams are part of the 2009 CIBA National Women’s League.
Dominos come into their game reeling near the bottom of the league.
Last year’s champions also had an uninspired showing in their last match on 25 January.
The squad would lose to Storm Quik Cash 38-51 though Mesha Gordon and Benecia Thompson would play well.
Gordon had 14 points, including two bombs from long-range and four steals. Thompson meanwhile would have 13 points and an incredible 20 rebounds.
However Storm would get the win on the shoulders of Lavern Ebanks and Lashawn Davis.
Ebanks had a double-double outing with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Davis was the only other player in double figures with 10 points.
In tonight’s match-up Dominos and Coach Collin Anglin will look to rely again on Gordon for scoring. With her ball-handling skills and decision-making good things can happen if she gets the ball.
However Gordon will need help. At least two of her team-mates need to help out with points production. More scoring from Thompson would be big but Sarah Kidd (who had just two points in the last game) needs to get back on track. Any production from Courtisha Ebanks or Ellen Downey would be a plus.
Meanwhile Welly’s are not in good shape in the league either and lost their last game to Esso.
Welly’s did get good showings from guard Cassian Lawrence and forward Sheneka Moore.
Lawrence posted 16 points, five rebounds and six steals to lead her team. Moore meanwhile would chip in with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
Tonight against Dominos ball control and rebounding will be key. They had 36 turnovers and just seven assists in the last game. Meanwhile they were out-rebounded 45-44.
If they make less mistakes, make better passes and clean the glass then they should be in good position to win.
In the other match Esso comes in near the top of the league and eager to build off their form last Tuesday.
Coach Shawn Pitterson led the side to a 46-44 win over Welly’s with Theresa Hamil and Lauri Webster being a fearsome duo as they both had double-double performances.
Hamil posted 17 points, 14 rebounds and two steals. Webster was not far behind as she had 14 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Katrina McLaughlin was a notable contributor as well with 10 points and six rebounds.
On the other hand Welly’s had 23 steals, three blocks and caused 15 turnovers for Esso.
In tonight’s match-up Esso will look to dominant inside as usual. Hamil is an utter force inside and any ball thrown to her down low should result in points.
If she stays committed to wiping the glass then fast-break chances should come easier and the opposition will have fewer opportunities to score.
Webster is a solid complement to Hamil and simply has to play her game to get success. But the guards have to step up and add some punch to the scoring, most notably Catherine Ebanks.
On the other hand Storm are coming off a high note has they beat Silver Bullets 65-43 last Tuesday.
Storm had all kinds of options on offense and the result was that many players made an impact.
Lavern Ebanks lead the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Merta Day had 16 points and three steals. Bobeth O’Garro had 10 points, 10 assists and six steals. Sofia Foster had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Bullets had some heavy scoring as well as Scimone Campbell stepped up with 21 points, including two long-range scores, six rebounds and six steals while Donna Hing had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Tonight’s match-up will need a similar scoring outburst from Storm. If many players make significant showings again then the defense will be stretched thin and allow easy points.
In addition Storm should be in good shape if they get the edge in rebounding and assists. In their last game they had more rebounds (42-40) and their passes were solid (with 19 assists to seven).
Tonight’s pair of games comes after two matches were played this Sunday. The action started from 5pm as Silver Bullets took on Dominos Lady Heels while Welly’s faced Storm.