Women’s basketball saw two tense games on the weekend.
Last Sunday Silver Bullets beat Welly’s Cool Spot 49-35 and Dominos lady Heels took down Esso Blazettes 60-38.
The games were part of the semi-finals for the Women’s Cup competition put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association at the CIBA Court on Eastern Avenue.
In the Welly’s-Bullets game things were tight and tense in the first half as Welly’s had a 17-16 edge by half-time.
Both squads spent a lot of time feeling each other out and trying to establish a rhythm on offense.
At the same time their defenses were on point and made scoring a real chore.
In the second half Bullets stepped up and got more points. Then again their defense stayed active, they did well to clean the glass and create chances to nab points in transition.
Bullets outscored Welly’s 14-8 in the third quarter and 19-10 in the final quarter.
Welly’s tried hard to stay with Bullets down the stretch. But Welly’s forward Letanya Thompson twisted her ankle, leaving the team without a presence inside to help chip away at the Bullets.
Ultimately Scimone Campbell would come up big for Bullets like she did all year. Her ability to drive to the basket and get to the free throw line opened up scoring opportunities for her team-mates.
Campbell would lead all scorers and post a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. She would get a boost from Storm player Bobeth O’Garro, who came to play with the Bullets on the day, as she had 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.
Christsania McLean had a monster game for Welly’s with 10 points and 22 rebounds. Letanya Thompson, Amber Watson and Felecia Connor were the next closest scorers with six points apiece.
In the Dominos-Esso match two quarters would be the difference in the game. In the second Esso managed just three points while Dominos posted 11 and in the fourth Dominos claimed a 15-9 edge.
Dominos seemed to dominate the game on all fronts. They shot better from the charity stripe (53 percent on free throws versus 25 percent), rebounded more (with a 54-42 edge) and passed the ball better (nabbing 17 assists to six).
Yet the big reason why Dominos came on top was their defense. The side did its best to hamper Esso’s inside presence and restrict shooters on the wing.
The result was 11 steals, nine blocks and 18 turnovers forced. That would be enough to overcome nine steals, a block and 17 turnovers forced by Esso.
Then again the Lady Heels had no problems finding offense. Sarah Kidd led the way with 22 points and five rebounds while Dionne Anglin had 15 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks. Benecia Thompson chipped in with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The tournament comes on the heels of the senior women’s league which wrapped up this month.
Storm Quik Cash emerged the league champions with a 58-48 win over Dominos in the final. Storm are not participating in the Women’s Cup.
The Women’s Cup final between Silver Bullets and Dominos Lady Heels takes place this Sunday at the CIBA Court at 6:30pm.