Courtisha took over

Courtisha Ebanks is one of Cayman’s best young female athletes.

With a background encompassing football and basketball she has the potential to excel.

On Monday Ebanks showed her brilliance on the hardwood as her Sparks won the Appleby 2009 U19 Girls Basketball league.

In front of a sell-out crowd of over 80 people Ebanks hustled for loose balls, handled the ball well and went strong to the hole to finish with a superb double-double.

By night’s end Ebanks had 16 points, 11 rebounds and two assists for the Sparks (who finished second place in the regular season standings).

She got great help from Finals MVP Latorae Nixon and her 15 points, 17 rebounds and three steals. Abigail Stoddard (eight points, four rebounds) and Alexandra Terry (four points, nine rebounds and five steals) made solid contributions as well.

All were coached by local players Dionne Anglin and Ellen Downey.

For the Lynx their lone bright spots were Letanya Thompson (11 points, six rebounds) and Annique Holness (10 points and seven rebounds).

Coaches Wendy Manzanares and Lauri Webster come up short of a double as they finished atop the regular season standings.

Meanwhile Ebanks capped off a spectacular season in which she posted great individual stats. She was the league’s leading passer (39 assists) and shot blocker (15 blocks) and finished second in rebounds (116), steals (37) and points (136).