Silver Mist fade down the stretch

The Island Heritage Silver Mist were always the underdog this year in local women’s basketball.

It is no surprise then that the rookie team ended their campaign at 1-7 in last place. The side, a new-look version of the old Silver Bullets, completed their Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2012 national women’s league season last week.

The squad forfeited to Welly’s Cool Spot, who ended the year in third place at 4-4. For Silver Mist head coach Daniel Augustine, his squad offered up many bright points.

“Our team has gelled together very well,” Augustine said. “The girls were keen on working with each other and the more experienced players shared their knowledge very openly and supported our newer players on and off the court.

“Overall, it is the girls’ fierce drive to achieve what the team needs that made Silver Mist a strong unit. They are committed to practices and maintain an open mind to learning more and more at every session. Having defeated such a strong team as Welly’s is what we were looking for from the beginning as that set our mark for success even higher. I’m pleased with my squad and look forward to what’s ahead for us.”

Indeed, Island Heritage’s lone victory was a 54-51 win back in late February. The side ended the season with four straight losses.

On the other hand, the squad had a star player in Scimone Campbell, who was the league’s second-leading scorer with 17 points per game while posting 7.9 rebounds per contest.

Augustine states all of the Silver Mist players deserve credit.

“Each position has strong and promising players for the future of the team. Previous national team players like Scimone Campbell, Sue Nixon, Lavern Ebanks and Lashawn Davis made our team a solid one, combined with multi-sport talent Lilia Conolly who returned for her second season of basketball and who quickly developed into a starter.

“We also have key players in Sarah Boucher, who played college basketball in her native Ireland, and our newest point guard Trina Gordon. Letanya Thompson proved to be the skilled scorer that she always has been. Sophia Foster’s strong-willed personality and leadership skills kept the unit together and focused while Samantha McField brought a good balance with her combination of knowledge of the game, great humour and cool disposition.

“The squad carefully recruited its rookies with the likes of well-renowned netballers Katherine Maw, Renee Thompson, Tishelle Logan, Carrie Barnett and Benicia Mullings.”

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