The Silver Bullets went into the playoffs as a championship contender. Now, after an opening round sweep, the team is left to pick up the pieces.
Over the weekend the side were eliminated in the semi-finals for the 2011 national women’s basketball league.
The reigning champs the Dominos Lady Heels beat the Bullets 58-28 at the Arts and Recreation Centre. Coupled with a 58-42 game one victory, the second seed Lady Heels are moving on to the finals.
Bullets coach Billy Fenton was less than satisfied with the team’s result. The Nicaraguan basketball mind states the game two showing came down to a lack of execution and early foul trouble for his star player.
“At the beginning of the game we knew we couldn’t fail,” Fenton said. “We had that same mind-set from the end of the regular year. But Scimone Campbell got four early fouls. There was no way we were going to win when your best offensive player is fouled out.
“I think everything added up as a result of not training. We had a lot of trouble getting people to practice. The physical conditioning was not there and the problems in practice came out in the game.”
A consistent thorn in the side of the Bullets was Courtisha Ebanks.
The teenage West Bay starlet was the top scorer in both matches, netting 18 points and seven rebounds along with 22 points and eight rebounds.
The most consistent performer for the Bullets meanwhile was Theresa Hamil who had 11 and 10 points (with eight rebounds in game two).
Hamil’s efforts were most encouraging for team captain Scimone Campbell. The multi-sport star was kept largely in check with just 14 points in the entire series. Campbell states a number of factors resulted in the early exit.
“Theresa really stood out because she got the rebounds for us,” Campbell said. “But the series was shaky as they changed their defensive strategy. We didn’t anticipate that and we fell apart towards the end of game two especially. We didn’t stick to the game plan but another big factor was we lost Letanya Thompson after our first game due to technical fouls. Thompson was a crucial offensive person so that was huge.
“The referees were another factor. They called a lot of unnecessary fouls and there were some issues in regards to the penalty given for Letanya’s technicals. All I can say is I never experienced anything like that. But at the end of the day we needed to get our heads in the game so it’s essentially on us.”
Aside from Hamil there was not much positive for the Bullets in the series.
The club was beaten on the boards, committed many turnovers and didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, especially from distance.
However Campbell states a number of players deserve kudos.
“All of the players played a key role for us. But Letanya did a great job in the season though she didn’t shine in the series. Sofia Foster was out there giving maximum effort, Lilia Connolly did well in her first season of basketball and Stacy Kelly, Cara Anderson and LaShawn Davis all deserve props.”