Netting Moore hoops props

East End native Sheneka Moore, 19,
has had a great 2011 so far. In addition to her basketball team being
undefeated, her brother recently received more accolades in California.

Tikko Moore, 18, was named the
defensive player of the year for the Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals.
Moore was also second in player of the year voting after guiding the Cardinals
to a second round playoff spot. The junior forward also averaged a
double-double on the season with over 10 points and 10 rebounds a game.

Couple that with the fact that he’s
performing community service in the area, getting As and Bs in school and
eyeing a spot at the University of California Los Angeles and it is easy to see
that the young man is making the most of his experience abroad.

Those accomplishments are a
positive for his sister Sheneka. The elder Moore states Tikko’s success speaks
to his growth in the sport.

“From seeing where he was here in
Cayman he’s more confident in his shot,” Sheneka said. “He’s a lot more
comfortable with his shooting, something he changed before going to school. His
leadership skills have also grown as he is looked up to on the court. I also
feel the mental part of his game has seen much improvement.

“On the whole his game has seen a
lot of growth. He’s more defensive-oriented and he’s a more rounded player
now.”

Sheneka, the daughter of Primrose
and James Moore, has earned the kind of props to equal her brother. She is the
captain of the Lady Wolves squad that claimed the regular season crown in the
2011 national women’s league. The Wolves went undefeated in eight matches in
the competition, which is put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association.
Furthermore the side is a rookie club as 2011 marked its first season in
existence. Though her numbers were decent (3.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per
game) Sheneka saw the Wolves produce the league’s leading scorer in Cassianne
Lawrence (25.5 points per contest).

That success is both a blessing and
a curse for Sheneka, who works at Edie’s Decor during the day. On one hand the
Lady Wolves are brimming with confidence heading into the playoffs. They are up
against the defending champion Dominos Lady Heels, the Silver Bullets and Home
Gas Flames. Then again the target on the collective backs of the Wolves is
huge.

“It feels good and it was
unexpected. I’m proud of the girls. We’re hungry for the title and we’ve proved
it every time we’ve stepped on the court. We know the playoffs are always different
from the regular season.

“We got to stay focused and work
around our glitches and weak areas. No one likes the fact that we’re unbeaten.
Teams are out for us so we’re going out with a positive attitude and hoping for
the best.”

The post-season for the women’s
league is slated to come to an end 30 March. Regardless of the outcome Sheneka,
who turns 20 in August, states the goal is to keep the momentum going from this
season.

“We’re hoping to build on it. We
have some girls that are going away to college, including myself. In particular
there is Catherine Ebanks who is at a graphics college in Florida. She recently
dealt with a groin injury though thankfully it’s not too serious. Then there is
Amber Watson, who might go to Vermont (Technical College) and she is a really
good player.

“We’re looking to bring in more
young blood. We want to compete in the women’s league for years to come.”

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