The playoffs for women’s basketball in Cayman is upcoming and the team to watch is arguably the Lady Wolves. The side has a wealth of talent that goes beyond its two high-profile recruits.
Heading into the regular season finale for the 2011 national women’s league, put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, the Lady Wolves are on top of standings. On paper the biggest reason is due to the play of Benecia Thompson and Cassianne Lawrence. Both ladies, who have been great players for over four years, were major acquisitions in the offseason after leaving their previous clubs (the Dominos Lady Heels and Home Gas Flames respectively).
So far this season they have posted great numbers. Thompson is fifth in scoring at 13 points a game while Lawrence is currently the league leader with 26.3 points per contest. Lawrence also ranks fourth in rebounding averaging 13.2 boards per match. Yet Lady Wolves captain Sheneka Moore is quick to point out the squad has seen other talents come to the fore.
“It was difficult finding women to be interested in basketball after a certain age,” Moore said. “But coach Redver (Ebanks) was a good help to us as he groomed young prospects (in his Women of Valour programme) and released that talent to the wider league. For example there is Amber Watson, who is a good player, and Catherine Ebanks, who was dealing with a groin injury recently though it was nothing too serious.
“A couple of girls on our team have also done well. There is Sarrah Ebanks, who used to play years ago. She’s back now and showing a lot of effort. I can see where she is gaining confidence in the game. There is also Eldisha Walton, who is 21.
“She has played since middle school and been in the Under-19 and women’s league in the past. She’s another former Women of Valour girl who loves defence. She’s a force on defence and only plays offence if she has to.”
The Lady Wolves are one of four clubs playing on Wednesday 2 March. The last night of regular season matches sees the Wolves take on Home Gas at 8pm after the Women of Valour All Stars battle the Lady Heels at 7pm. Both contests are at the Sir Vassell Johnson hall of the University College of the Cayman Islands. The post-season begins next Sunday 13 March.