Lady Sharks feast on young Bliss

The Hammerheads Lady Sharks are the undisputed leaders in women’s flag football in Cayman.

Hammerheads moved into first place in the Dart Women’s League, put on by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, last Saturday with a 14-0 win over the Maples Bliss at the Camana Bay Sports Field.

The Lady Sharks owe much credit to stealthy quarterback Hong Nguyen, who has led her team to victories over the past few weeks. Nguyen completed nine of 20 pass attempts, including one interception thrown. Serena Yates and Sophia Foster each caught a touchdown pass and Rebecca Lucas added to the score with her catch in the end-zone that led to extra points.

Leading Hammerheads’ defense were Jennifer Leggett with five tackles, followed by Zoenief Walker and Lilia Conolly with four tackles each. Simalee Ebanks came up with a sack and Meghan Boccaccio had two interceptions.

Maples Bliss QB Ellenor Berry had one of her best throwing games yet, with a near perfect record as she completed ten of eleven pass attempts and one interception thrown. Her favourite receiver on offence was Marleena Smith, who had five catches, followed by Jessica Maxwell with three and Amber Watson with two receptions. Although Berry was connecting with her receivers, Maples failed to score.

Defensively, the Bliss got the most from Somali Small and Krishan Welcome with four tackles each. Small added an interception while Maliqui Awe and Loletta Hanna had two tackles each.

The result is that the second half of the season starts with Hammerheads securing first place ahead of the Burger King Wolverines. The Lady Sharks recently beat the Wolverines in a head-to-head encounter.

Burger King have looked good against most teams, slaughtering the Subway Stingers 41-0 in their second match-up of the year. Wolverines QB, Antoinette Lewis, had one of her best games yet as she completed 20 of 33 passes, with one interception thrown.

Joni Wood had four receptions, followed by Jessica Ebanks, who received two touchdown passes and ran one in. Carrie Barnett also had three receptions, including two in the end-zone for extra points. Benecia Thompson ran one ball in for a touchdown and Alex Terry caught an amazing ball in the back of the end-zone, adding another touchdown.

Leading the defense was Saneata Smith with five tackles and one interception that led to a defensive touchdown. Terry had four tackles while Alexandria Saintville and Ebanks contributed with two tackles each.

For Subway, a breakdown in defence ultimately led to a tough loss. QB Christina Pineda had an improved game with 13 of 25 pass completions. Rookie player Nikki Ebanks took her first turn at the QB role, completing one of two pass attempts as her second throw resulted in an interception.

Latoya Cover was a favourite look on offence, catching seven balls. Joanne Remillard had four receptions, including a 30-yard catch down the sidelines that brought the Stingers past the 40-yard line. Keisha Anglin also had three receptions.

Misreading the Wolverines’ QB and missed flags was Subway’s biggest problem on defence. Corner player Timisha Edwards would not be beat as she led the way with five tackles. Cover also came up with four tackles and Sasha Tatum chipped in with three. Remillard caught an interception in the end-zone, stopping the Wolverines from gaining extra points and Nikki Ebanks and Kim Tyndale put on the speed as they sacked Lewis one time each.

Androgroup Killa-Panthers are back on their winning form after shutting down the Hot 104.1FM Cheetahs 31-0. Panthers’ QB Christina Hefner had a solid game, completing 23 of 40 pass attempts.

Hefner’s favourite look was Lisa Malice, who had seven receptions including two catches in the end-zone. One of the leading offensive players in the league, Cassandra Bodden, had six catches with three of those being in the end-zone to bring Androgroup to a considerable lead. Usually a defensive player, Gillian Roffey switched gears and showed her versatility with five receptions, followed by Alicia Dixon with four.

Suyen Coe let no player past her as she led her team’s defence with six tackles, followed by Jennifer Allen with three tackles. Androgroup showed no mercy as they went hard after the Cheetahs’ quarterback, with Delicia Ebanks sacking her two times and Stephanie Watler and Denise Delpesh adding one sack each.

The ever-improving Cheetahs had an uneventful game, with little action happening on offence. QB Jamesette Anglin completed just eight of 13 pass attempts. Sophia Dilbert found her hands this game, receiving six of Anglin’s passes. Jessica Richards and Amanda Nelson each had one reception, but the Cheetahs were unable to move the ball to gain any further momentum.

Leading the defence for the Cheetahs was Jennifer Cotarelo with seven tackles, followed by Nelson with five. Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin also contributed with three tackles. There were no interceptions or sacks by any of the defensive players.

Saturday would also see Zulu Warriors victorious against the Lone Star Jager Monsters, 12-0. Zulu’s main QB, Jessica Pawlik, complete only 12 of 31 pass attempts with two interceptions thrown.

Maggie Ebanks used her height to her advantage and caught five balls on offence, followed by Schmarrah McCarthy who had three receptions, including two in the end-zone to secure points on the board for Zulu.

It was interceptions made by the Warriors that helped the team win the game, as Ebanks caught three interceptions and Hortencia Jackson had two. The rest of the defence stepped up as almost every player contributed in tackles.

The Jager Monsters had one of their quietest games of the season, as QB Tricia Miller completed just four of 18 pass attempts, with four interceptions thrown. Erica Bosch tried to step in as QB, but the only one of her eight pass attempts that was caught was intercepted by the Warriors.

Bosch caught two balls on offence, as did Kristin Kipp. The only hope the Jager Monsters had was to lock down the Warriors on defence.

Leading the defence for Lone Star was Tricia Bell with four tackles, followed by Christina Ravdas with three. Bosch and Devon Smith each had an interception and Laura Watler came through with two sacks to Zulu’s QB, followed by Marline Williams with one sack.

Games have now been shifted to include two games on Friday night starting at 8pm and two matches on Saturday morning starting at 10am. This Friday, 10 August, at Camana Bay the Lady Sharks take on Lone Star on field one while Subway battle Androgroup on field two. On Saturday, 11 August, the schedule pits the Warriors against the Cheetahs while Burger King 
face Maples.

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