Randy Myles has every reason to be confident in his Wolves.
Heading into this week, the squad is 5-1 atop the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Women’s League. Myles, the head coach, said a top finish is in the offing.
“Our final goal is to win the championship,” Myles said. “We want to make a step forward with positive momentum. We might end the season 8-1 or 7-2; either way we’re in first place and that’s one of our goals.
“Going into the playoffs as the last seed, you’re thinking you had a terrible season and there’s not much hope in the playoffs. We’ve been a top seed in the past also and lost in the first round. This is my second season, as I was on the bench as an assistant coach one year. My personal goal is to get past the first round and into the finals as we’ve got knocked out the last two years,” he added.
“We have one loss this season already and I’m glad we got it done now rather than in the playoffs. There will be times when we’ll have to fight a loss off but it adds character.”
The lone blemish for Myles and company was a 78-60 loss to Welly’s Cool Spot last month at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. Chloe Powery led the Welly’s attack with 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while Carmen Picate paced the Wolves with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Both squads do battle again in Camana Bay this Thursday, 11 April, at 6.15pm. Myles, who has been assisted this year by Duran “Trinni” Whittaker, states the Wolves will be hard pressed to earn another victory.
“We’re playing well, we have a game against Welly’s on Thursday and that will be a hard game,” he said. “We just want to make it a close game through to the fourth quarter as Welly’s are young and fast and they will be coming after us.
“We’ll be missing key players for Thursday, with some ladies out due to work reasons and one player is on the national volleyball team training ahead of the Island Games. It will be a long 40 minutes and a hard-fought game.”
The Wolves are coming off a 66-49 victory last week over Scimone Campbell’s 2-4 Island Heritage Silver Mist. Picate led the Wolves with 17 points and nine steals.
Welly’s, 3-3, crushed the defending champions, 2-4 Home Gas Flames, 64-40. Hannah Parchment had 26 points for Welly’s. Silver Mist and Home Gas will do battle this Thursday at 7.45pm.
April Ebanks is one of the star youngsters for Welly’s and said many players can hurt Wolves aside from Powery.
“We’ve been on a lot of trips together and we’re used to each other,” Ebanks said. “We’ve been coming and having fun since the second game of the season. We’re pretty strong and we can all add something to the team.”
The women’s league is in its seventh round with two more weeks to play. The regular season is slated to end 25 April with the postseason beginning on 2 May.
Theresa Hamil leads the league in free throw shooting at 70.8 per cent and she said her Wolves are built for the playoffs.
“We’ve got the chemistry for us to get it done together,” Hamil said.