The Lady Wolves may be a rookie club in women’s basketball. But they have their opponents with their backs against the walls late in the season.
Heading into week eight of the 12-week national women’s league, the Wolves are unbeaten atop the standings. Organized by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the competition sees some four teams chasing the Lady Wolves.
That fact is a huge positive to Wolves club coach Duran “Trini” Whittaker. Though the head coaching duties of the team are being undertaken by Eckerd McField, Whittaker is proud of the side thus far.
“I hope the women’s team continues doing something this year,” Whittaker said. “I went to three or four practices and they have a good group of girls. To win in their first year would be drastic. They have a good chance of being competitive (come playoff time). Sheneka Moore (the team captain) did a good job of recruiting.”
Another member of the Wolves club singing the praises of the women’s team is club president Lovane “Pelo” Joven. The 36 year-old George Town resident helped start the side back in 2005. Now he states he is happy to have a club that is represented in all of Cayman’s major basketball competitions.
“I want the Wolves to be a household name in Cayman,” Joven said. “I want everyone in Cayman to know about Wolves basketball. We have a very good side. This will be our sixth year in existence. We have two men’s national championships, an Under-19 team that has been to the finals twice in the last three years and won once and a women’s team. The club is really exceeding expectations. I didn’t think in five years I’d have a team in every league. I just wanted to compete in the men’s league. I guess Trini and I went from there.”
Among the sides chasing the Lady Wolves are the Silver Bullets and the Home Gas Flames. Both are second and third in the standings respectively with records hovering around .500. Guiding the Silver Bullets has been the inside play of Theresa Hamil and Letanya Thompson along with the perimeter game of Scimone Campbell. Home Gas meanwhile have relied on youth basketball star La-Torae Nixon to compliment grizzled veterans like Wendy Manzanares and Lauri Webster.
On the outside looking in is the Dominos Lady Heels. The reigning champions and the current dynasty in women’s hoops, Dominos are struggling. Much of their woes have centred on the slow recovery of Dionne Anglin from maternity leave and the absence of stars Benecia Thompson (who now plays for the Lady Wolves) and Sarah Kidd. However the side has some solid young talent in Hanna Parchment and Chloe Powery that can give the Lady Heels a fighting chance come playoff time.
The next set of matches take place Wednesday 23 February at the University College of the Cayman Islands. The Bullets face Dominos at 6pm while Home Gas takes on the Women of Valour All Stars at 8pm.
There are three match nights left in the regular season. For the complete match schedule log on to www.caymanbasketball.org.