Dominos aim to keep up fast start

Tonight marks the sixth round of
matches in the national women’s basketball league.

A pair of games is slated to take
place at the Arts and Recreation Center at Camana
Bay.

Silver Bullets take on Welly’s Cool
Spot at 6:15pm before the undefeated Dominos Lady Heels do battle with the Home
Gas Flames at 8:15pm.

All four teams are part of the 2010
Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association National Women’s Basketball
League.

Like all quality basketball games
tonight’s encounters offer loads of subplots and storylines.

The Silver Bullets come into their
game after a tough tussle with Home Gas last week. In the process the side
suffered a major blow with an injury to team stalwart and sports star Scimone
Campbell.

Campbell’s wrist (injured
while diving for a loose ball heading out of bounds) is a big factor in
tonight’s game.

If Campbell is healthy or at least 70 percent
the Silver Bullets should be the favourites to win. Thus far she has been a
force on both ends of the court averaging 10 points a game while being near the
top of the league in steals and assists.

On the other hand her team-mates
will have to step up. One player who has done that consistently is Bobeth
O’Garro. Stats-wise she might seem unimpressive (averaging close to six points
and four rebounds a game) but the multi-sport star delivers with the
intangibles.

Aside from O’Garro the team will
need role players like Theresa Hamil and Christsania McLean to help shoulder
the load offensively (especially with more scoring inside).

Meanwhile Welly’s are a young team
slowly coming together with team chemistry that is an obvious work in progress.

However there are some bright
spots. Though the side was throttled by Dominos last Thursday, guard Christina
McLean played well. She did good handling the ball and getting her team-mates involved.
Only a lack of finishing on their part hurt McLean’s
stats.

For Welly’s to win though they will
need star duo Letanya Thompson and Latorae Nixon to play together and lead the
way.

Nixon is a double-double waiting to
happen who operates best on the wing. Thompson is a bruiser who excels pounding
the ball inside. If they get going the points will flow and result in inspired
play on defense.

Aside from them any contributions
guard Felecia Connor can give would be huge. Her biggest game was against Home
Gas earlier this month when she poured in 13 points, three treys and four rebounds
in a losing effort.

In the other match Dominos have all
the momentum. To this point the Lady Heels have been impressive with a number
of lop-sided victories.

Leading the onslaught has been the
three-headed monster of Benecia Thompson, Sarah Kidd and Dionne Anglin.
Thompson can do it all and is often the catalyst of many runs.

Kidd is the offensive juggernaut
who finds every angle to score. Anglin is the fundamentally sound shot caller
who steps up on both ends when needed.

What makes Dominos so dangerous
tonight and going forward is their athletic group of role players. From the
likes of Courtisha Ebanks and Keisha Anglin to newcomers like Kamilla Nagy and
Joanne Remillard there’s no shortage of hustle and athleticism.

Their opponents Home Gas have a
decent amount of athleticism themselves courtesy of Cassianne Lawrence. One of
the first local women to play basketball overseas, Lawrence sports a polished game.  

However the team really shines with
their abundance of shooters. Whether it is known threats like Wendy Manzanares
and Lauri Webster to new weapons like Lauren Keller and Catherine Houts there
are many scoring options.

The Flames though will have to keep
their defensive intensity up. Against Welly’s the team allowed three players to
get into double figures. Dominos have enough talent to get six ladies in double
digits.

In big games role players make the
biggest difference which means Home Gas needs solid play from Annique Holness
and Laurie Frye. If Holness can make good decisions and Frye attacks the paint
then an upset is very possible.

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Sarah Kidd is an offensive force for Dominos.
Photo: Matthew Yates