La-Torae ignites Sparks


The Sparks are one of the hottest teams in girls basketball, thanks in large part to La-Torae Nixon. 

After dropping their first two matches, the Sparks are now riding a four-game win streak in the girls division of the Appleby Under-19 Basketball League. The squad sits in first place at 6-2 heading into the regular season finale this weekend. 

Nixon, 14, states the success is not by chance and boils down to trust. 

“We’ve trained hard together for these victories,” Nixon said. “We learn through the practices and go hard in the games. All of the hard work goes into our games. The team is confident. I trust my girls, they can beat the competition. They got everything.”  

Nixon has produced another Most Valuable Player type campaign. She leads the league in scoring (averaging 36.6 points per game) and rebounding (24.1 boards per contest). In addition she is third in free throw percentage (at 44.7 per cent) and fourth in assists (2.4 dishes per match). 

She has had help primarily from Imani Abdul Jabbar (6.3ppg, 4.2rpg, four assists per game) and Taylor Reid (7.4ppg, 10.1rpg). Abdul Jabbar’s best showing was late last month with 14 points, five assists in a win over the Lynx while Reid had 14 points and 13 rebounds in a victory weeks ago over the Comets. The success of those role players is what pleases Nixon the most. 

“My goal is to do my best and make sure my team-mates are confident. It’s not about being selfish but sharing the load and making my team-mates better.” 

Nixon and company are next in action this Saturday, 26 November, at 5pm. The Sparks battle the 0-8 Lynx at the Cayman Islands Basketball Association court off Eastern Avenue. From there the 4-4 Comets tackle the 6-2 Monarchs at 6.30pm.  


La-Torae Nixon has pushed her Sparks to first place. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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