Cool Spot aiming to quell Flames in do or die contest

Welly’s Cool Spot had many highs in women’s basketball but none can top their current playoff battle.

After two fierce contests, it all comes down to game three of the Welly’s-Home Gas Flames opening round series. Both squads take centre stage on Thursday, 26 April, at 6.15pm in Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.

Welly’s point guard Christina McLean, 18, states the side is eager for Thursday’s showdown.

“We’re doing what head coach Redver Ebanks tells us and we’re confident going into game three,” McLean said. “We know how important these games are leading into the finals.”

McLean (nine points, seven rebounds) had the game-winning shot in game two’s 69-66 victory. Last Thursday’s match saw Chloe Powery lead the charge with 14 points, 13 rebounds while Schamarrah McCarthy (14 points, 14 rebounds), April Ebanks (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Rochel Gardener (10 points, three rebounds) all stepped up for Welly’s. Home Gas got dazzling efforts from La-Torae Nixon (43 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals) and Sade Wood (18 points, seven rebounds, three assists).

The George Town resident states game two was about determination.

“We were up by six points late and we had a few mishaps because of being nervous. We didn’t focus at the end but we pulled it out and never gave up. We knew how important that game was and there had to be a game three. We saw our problems in game one and we had to try working together and helping each other. We wanted it.”

The Flames prevailed in game one 70-60 as Nixon went off for 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks while Wood chipped in 22 points with three treys and nine steals. Ebanks (15 points, 10 rebounds), Powery (14 points, 10 rebounds), Felecia Connor (12 points), McCarthy (10 points, 15 rebounds).

Game three’s winner goes on to face the Dominos Lady Heels in the finals. Dominos swept the Lady Wolves in two games by scores of 64-40 and 63-48 in their opening round series.