Women’s basketball is nearing its climax and there is a new favourite on the scene. In its first season of existence the Lady Wolves have proven to have plenty of bite to go with their bark.
Heading into this Sunday’s match with the Silver Bullets, the Lady Wolves are 6-0 atop the Cayman Islands Basketball Association national women’s league. The Wolves are fresh off of a dramatic win over the reigning champions Dominos Lady Heels at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay.
As Wolves captain Sheneka Moore states, the victory has extra importance as it gives the Lady Wolves the victory in the regular season series between the two sides.
“We’ve beaten them twice this season and this latest victory was the sweetest,” Moore said. “It’s nice that we beat a good team in the defending champions. But it’s memorable because we’re young and it proves we mean business on the court. It also says that we’re something to be reckoned with.”
After Sunday’s contest the Lady Wolves have one more regular season game before the playoffs. At this point they are guaranteed a playoff spot and seem destined to be the top seed. A number of players, like Catherine Ebanks, have helped the squad succeed and Moore, 19, is quick to say it has been a true team effort.
“I didn’t play in two years but we have raised our game together. We’re showing and proving that we have the talent to win. Personally that feels good.”
A big factor in the club’s success is the acquisition of Benecia Thompson. A stalwart of the Lady Heels’ string of championships the last few years, Thompson came over to the Lady Wolves at the start of the season. On the court she has been a sparkplug, ranking sixth in scoring (12.6 points per game), seventh in rebounding (10.4 boards a game) and contributing 1.2 assists per contest and 12 steals.
Thompson states she has not been fazed by playing the Lady Heels this year as her focus is on giving maximum effort.
“On the court I’m about giving 100 percent every game,” Thompson said. “It don’t matter what’s on the front of the jersey. What matters is I play hard and give 100 percent.”