Home Gas halt Dominos title run


The Dominos Lady Heels may be a
dynasty with four titles in six years. But they are not the champions of
women’s basketball for 2011.

Instead that honour goes to the
Home Gas Flames, who knocked off the reigning champions last week. Home Gas
would take Dominos to a third and decisive game in their best-of-three series.
Ultimately La-Torae Nixon and company would emerge victorious courtesy of a
58-52 score at the Sir Vassell Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman

Nixon, 13, would be the top scorer
for Home Gas in game three with 24 points, four steals and three rebounds. She
was a big part of Home Gas’ offence throughout the series netting 16 points and
five steals in game two and 12 points and five rebounds in game one.

La-Torae would get help from Lauren
Keller and her 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. Special mention goes
to point guard Robyn Sanderson who had nine points, four rebounds and three
assists. More importantly Sanderson made clutch free throws in the waning moments
to secure the Home Gas victory.

Dominos meanwhile saw Courtisha
Ebanks lead the way as usual with 29 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Lady Heels had an interior presence thanks to Dionne Anglin (nine points,
11 rebounds and six assists) and rookie of the year Maggie Ebanks (nine points,
nine rebounds and a block).

For Home Gas the championship is
their first in team history. Remarkably the Flames had a losing record in the
regular season and limped into the playoffs. For Ovaine Monteith the 2011
season marks his first title as a head basketball coach. Monteith, who won numerous
titles as a player for the Tarheels men’s team years ago, states it is great to
be champion.

“It was a good feeling, especially
since they beat us twice this season,” Monteith said. “It was good to knock
them off. It feels so good because at one point I didn’t think we would make it
this far. We had our star young player La-Torae out many games with an ankle
injury and veteran player Merta Day was hurt and didn’t play many games for us.
But we got a lot of help from our other players.”