La-Torae Nixon is arguably Cayman’s best female basketball prodigy. The starlet hopes to add to her legacy again this week.
The girls division of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Under-16 Basketball league is in the midst of their playoffs. The semi-finals are currently ongoing with the finals slated to wrap up on Saturday 2 July at 4.30pm at the Arts and Recreation Centre.
Nixon, 14, has her Sparks in striking distance. In spite of a mediocre 3-4 record and a third seed, Nixon has been as good as advertised. Coming into this week, she is the top player in the competition averaging a ridiculous 41.7 points per game and 20 rebounds per match. She has scored over 30 points in every game this season and notched a rare quadruple-double at the start of June with 41 points, 24 rebounds, 12 steals and 10 blocks.
Aside from Nixon, intrigue in this year’s postseason should come from the top seeded 5-2 Monarchs and the second-ranked 4-3 Comets. The Monarchs were steadied by top scorer Chloe Powery (26.6 points a game), who also leads the competition in assists and sits fifth in rebounding. Guiding the Comets has been the two-headed attack of Rochelle Gardener (30.3 points per game) and Felecia Connor (15.5 points on average).
It should be noted that the playoffs have been moved from their original starting time later this month. The reason given by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association is that, “the national Under-17 Girls team will be travelling one week earlier than expected in their preparation for the Centro Basket U17 basketball tournament.”
News of the U16 girls playoffs comes after the boys division recently wrapped up. Bodden Town, behind Shaquille Heath, finished off an unbeaten campaign with a second straight championship. The side beat the upstart Shockwaves in the final, who were lead by rising stars Phillip Webb and Arin Taylor.
In other news the basketball association will be putting on a summer league. Matches are slated to start in about two weeks on Monday 18 July. Games are expected to be played at Camana Bay and the University College of the Cayman Islands on Tuesdays and Thursdays and encompass three groups: men’s division one and two and women.
For more information on the summer league e-mail [email protected]