The Dominos Lady Heels and the Home Gas Flames are set to tussle for women’s basketball glory.
The squads recently booked their places in the championship game at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The sides are battling in a repeat of the 2011 final, which Home Gas won for their first-ever title.
As Lady Heels stalwart Sarah Kidd states, Dominos are confident in their chances this time around.
“We have a good chance, we really fought for the last win,” Kidd said. “I think we can win and bring home the cup. We’re all about hard work and never giving up. We’re there mentally for the finals. The team is about the bonds, we each have a certain person we bond with. That’s why we come back and we don’t stop until we win.
“Mentally before a game, we want to win. That’s why we always push hard. In game two (against the Lady Wolves), even though we were down in the first three quarters we had hope.”
Dominos advanced to the finals after sweeping the Lady Wolves by scores of 64-40 and 63-48. The big producers for the Lady Heels were Courtisha Ebanks (13 points in game one and a team-high 20 points in game two), Hannah Parchment (11pts in game two) and Kamilla Nagy (a team-high 22pts in game one).
Kidd also had 11 points in game two and states a number of players will be crucial to victory.
“It’s between Courtisha and I on the fast break with Hannah on the wing as Hannah is good with three-pointers. At this stage I feel I should drive to the basket. That’s my job and girls like Maggie Ebanks and Dionne Anglin are there for rebounding.”
Game one starts on Thursday, 3 May, from 7.30pm at Camana Bay. The best-of-three series then sees game two next Thursday, 10 May, at 7.30pm with game three, if necessary, on 17 May.
The reigning champions look to be in good shape. A week ago, Home Gas finished off the Welly’s Cool Spot 78-62 in game three of their opening round series. La-Torae Nixon was dominant again for the Flames with 48 points, 17 rebounds and four steals while Sade Wood had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.