Two months ago, Welly’s Cool Spot had a fantastic start in local women’s basketball.
Now the squad is struggling to stay competitive in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national women’s league. Welly’s lost their third straight game last Thursday, courtesy of a 51-48 defeat at the hands of the Lady Wolves.
Assistant coach Billy Fenton states the losing streak is not a major issue.
“This is a young team and I’m hoping they can recover from losing these three games,” Fenton said. “It’s what we got to do and I don’t see no real problem. The games we have lost were by a few points and in this league anyone can win. There’s no super team that is going to win. Every game, you have to play well because you never know if you will win.”
Welly’s started 2012 strong with victories over the Wolves and the Dominos Lady Heels. Since then, they have lost to the Home Gas Flames, Island Heritage Silver Mist and the Wolves. Thursday provided some insight into the losing as the side had 28 turnovers and were outrebounded by 18 boards (the disparity was 53-35 in favour of the Wolves).
A number of Wolves played well at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. Cassianne Lawrence led the assault with 13 points, 14 rebounds, eight steals and five blocks. Theresa Hamil had 10 points, 13 rebounds and Benieca Thompson and Alexandra Boyle combined for 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Welly’s meanwhile saw Chloe Powery produce a game-high 16 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Schamarrah McCarthy had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Fenton states his clubs have some problems to fight through in the coming weeks.
“The game went smooth and they only beat us in the last couple of seconds. The Wolves have a lot of experience and Cassianne is one of the best players here. They weren’t applying any kind of tactical strength over us. Our team is young and we wanted to get them running and make them play from behind. They can’t keep up with us.
“One problem with the league is playing in the UCCI gym. The backboard is a shooter’s paradise and the rim is too small. You have to be a good shooter to make shots. Our team doesn’t shoot well and doesn’t play well there. I’m also concerned about April [Ebanks]. She’s not been coming to games, the last two and she was late to another. We’re missing her big time. If we had her against Wolves, I guarantee we would have won.”
Both clubs have identical 2-3 records with Welly’s barely hanging on to third place while Wolves are in fourth. Both are in action on Thursday, 8 March, as Welly’s tangle with Dominos at 6pm and the Wolves face Silver Mist at 7.30pm.
Dominos maintained their top billing with a 62-51 victory over Home Gas. The Lady Heels got stellar outings from Dionne Anglin (13 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks), Hannah Parchment (15 points, six rebounds) and Courtisha Ebanks (10 points, 12 steals).
The Flames were guided by La-Torae Nixon (20 points, eight rebounds, four steals) and Gemma Graelis (11 points, 13 rebounds, four steals).
Guard Joanne Remillard had a solid six points, eight rebounds and four assists. She states the victory proves Home Gas are worthy opponents.
“Home Gas played very well and fought until the end,” Remillard said. “We had to step up our game and work hard as a team in defence. It was a good game for both sides.”
Dominos are now first at 4-1 with Home Gas second at 3-2. Stas-wise, the Lady Heels have looked impressive, sporting the best offence (scoring a league-high 303 points) and the best defence (allowing a league-low 182 points).
For Silver Mist head coach Daniel Augustine, there is hope his side can improve on its 1-3, fifth place start.
“The bye last week gave the team ample time to prepare our game and analyse that of the competition,” Augustine said. “The girls had it in them all this time. We have several new girls and the team was still acquiring a feel for each other’s skills and abilities on the court. Now that the gelling process has set in, we are onto the next stage and look forward to winning more and more games. The girls on my team are a highly driven and clever group and they love a challenge.
“The win over Welly’s is a significant one as they are one of the top teams in the league. We are now proving to be the force that we know how to be. Now that we have gotten over the hump, the team can focus on what’s ahead and continue to work towards achieving the team goals that I’ve set out for the season.”