Antoinette holds down top spot

Halfway through the Dart Women’s League in the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, the two top teams continue to be the Domino’s Wolverines and Hammerheads Lady Sharks.

Week five’s games saw the Wolverines victorious against the Pythons with a score of 20-0. Antoinette Lewis of the Wolverine’s shared quarterback duties with Dionne Whittaker. Lewis is rightfully holding onto her number-one ranked QB spot with an impressive 15 out of 17 passes completed, including two throws in the end zone resulting in touchdowns.

Whittaker showed her finesse as the Wolverine’s back-up QB, with nine out of 12 passes completed, one being a touchdown pass and one ball being intercepted.

Top receiver for the Wolverines continues to be Alexandra Terry, who caught eight balls, one of them being a touchdown pass. Jahzenia Thomas, Benecia Thompson and Christsania McLean each had three receptions followed by Saneata Smith, Schmarrah Rhoden and Eleanor Berry, who each had two catches. McLean and Rhoden caught the other touchdown passes and Smith brought in the two extra points.

The Wolverines showed solid teamwork on defence with Smith leading the line-up with three tackles, followed by Shinette Rhoden, Agueda Broderick and Catherine Ebanks, each with two tackles. Nadisha Walters also produced two sacks while Eleanor Berry and Francesca Hamann each posted an interception.

For the Pythons, their starting quarterback Tamika Byrd was missing in action this past week, leaving Carrie Barnett to carry the team against the Wolverines. Barnett completed nine out of 17 passes, with two passes being intercepted. Jamesette Anglin also attempted two passes as quarterback. Carla Martin led the Pythons offence with four receptions, followed by Sheyla Torres with three. Jamesette Anglin also caught a ball and the Pythons’ favourite receiver, Jessica Ebanks, had a quiet game on offence with one reception.

On defence, Cynthia Powell led the Pythons with five tackles, followed by Ebanks with four and Barnett with three tackles. Karina Chiari and Lana Jarvis each added two tackles. Although the Pythons are steadily improving on defence, the combined experience of the Wolverines players proved to be too much.

In the second game of the day, the Hammerheads Lady Sharks defeated the Androgroup Killa-Panthers 8-0. The Lady Sharks were missing their starting QB Bobeth O’Garro and their quickest receiver Scimone Campbell. However, backup QB Ellen Downey led the team to victory with 19 completed passes out of 31 attempts and one interception thrown.

Lilia Conolly had her best game of the season so far, leading the offence with four receptions and narrowly slipping by two defenders to run in the lone touchdown for the Lady Sharks. Courtisha Ebanks is right behind Conolly, also with four receptions, one of them being the two-extra points gained in the end-zone.

Downey did a nice job of spreading the ball around to offensive players, as Serena Yates and Dionne Anglin each caught three passes. Although the Lady Sharks made it near their end-zone a few times, they were only able to secure one touchdown as the Killa-Panthers stopped many plays with their excellent defence.

For the Sharks’ defence, Dionne Anglin had her best game yet, leading the team with five tackles. She was followed by Ebanks and Keisha Anglin in the middle with three tackles each. Katherine Maw also contributed greatly with three sacks on the Killa-Panthers’ QB and Ebanks came through with one sack. Playing corner on defence, Conolly also made an interception.

The Androgroup Killa-Panthers, currently in fourth place in the league, played a tight game against the Lady Sharks by allowing only one touchdown in the first half of the game. QB duties were shared between Christina Pineda and Lisa Hill-Malice. Pineda completed only seven out of 17 pass attempts, with one interception thrown, while Malice completed eight out of 14 passes. The Killa-Panthers showed their prowess with Pineda often falling back from the line of scrimmage to act as a second quarterback, in an attempt to trick the Lady Sharks’ defence.

For the Killa-Panthers offence, Pineda received four passes, followed by Caron Murphy with three receptions. Sophia Dilbert, Jennifer Allen, Tonia Ebanks and Malice each had two receptions on offence. The final few minutes of the game looked like the Killa-Panthers were going to get their first touchdown with Pineda’s long ball to Dilbert. However the ball was placed a few yards out of her reach and the team wasn’t able to get on the scoreboard.

On defence, Heather Roffey saw the most action with five tackles, followed by her sister Gillian Roffey with four. Janique Sampson chipped in with three tackles. The fast-footed Dilbert managed to sack the Sharks’ QB twice while Natalee Dyke also slipped in between the offensive linemen for a sack.

Week six of the Dart Women’s League will be played this Saturday at the Camana Bay Field with the Domino’s Wolverines against the Androgroup Killa-Panthers at 10am, followed by the Hammerheads Lady Sharks versus Lone-Star Jager Monsters at 11am.

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