Ladies set to storm the court

Local women are flashing their dribbles and shooting arcs again tonight.

Two games will take place at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association Court off Eastern Avenue in George Town.

At 6:00pm the Esso Blazettes square off with bottom team Silver Bullets and then at 7:45pm league frontrunners Storm Quik Cash take on a resurgent Dominos Lady Heels.

The teams are part of the 2009 CIBA National Women’s League.

Esso are coming off a lacklustre showing, losing to Storm last Tuesday.

Theresa Hamil was her usual dominant self with 18 points and eight rebounds. But she sorely lacked offensive support from her team-mates.

Silver Bullets did not have a great showing themselves in their last game. They lost 58-47 to Dominos on 1 February.

In spite of the score the side walked away with many positives. Scimone Campbell went off for 23 points and six steals to lead all scorers while Donna Hing grabbed 10 points (including a three-pointer) and six rebounds.

In tonight’s match Esso needs to do a better job handling the ball and distributing it. They had a whopping 41 turnovers in their last game while only nabbing six assists.

If the turnovers go down (to say 20 or less) and the assists reach double-figures Esso should be in good shape. To do so the team will need more smart passing from Lauri Webster and better all-around decision-making.

For Silver Bullets they need to step up their defense and keep attacking the glass. In their last game they had a sizeable rebounding edge (46-38) but allowed too many deep balls (giving up five threes).

If the players stay committed to cleaning up the boards and put more pressure on perimeter shooters then the rest of their game-plan can fall into place.

As of last Saturday Storm was the lone undefeated team in the league at 5-0. They had dominated both sides of the court, leading the league in scoring and points allowed.

The side had an impressive showing in their last game against Esso as they won 58-43.

The squad was led by a three-headed scoring attack featuring Lashawn Davis, Lavern Ebanks and Heather Wisdom.

Davis had 18 points and four steals, Ebanks had 22 points and nine rebounds and Wisdom chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.

Meanwhile the last result for Dominos was encouraging as they took down Welly’s in convincing fashion 59-28.

The side played an all-around solid game with three players filling up the stats sheet.

Benecia Thompson took charge with 14 points and 16 rebounds while Courtisha Ebanks stepped up in a big way with 13 points and eight rebounds and assistant coach Dionne Anglin mixed it up for 10 points and 13 rebounds.

For tonight’s game Storm simply needs to keep doing all the little things it has done to do well. Namely pass the ball around, make smart choices with the ball and be proactive on defense.

If the team can get 15 or more assists, keep the turnovers to fewer than 25 and nab 20 or more steals then they should be well on their way to another W.

However Dominos will be looking to implement a similar game-plan. The difference for them will be how well their star players perform in the clutch.

If Thompson can give another double-double performance, Ebanks keeps scoring and Sarah Kidd stays active on both sides of the court then the Lady Heels should be fine.

Tonight’s pair of games comes after two matches were played this Sunday. The action started from 5pm as Dominos Lady Heels took on Esso Blazettes while Silver Bullets faced Welly’s.

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