Wolves howling over new kudos

The Wolves have a regular season title all wrapped up in women’s basketball. 

The green gang defeated Welly’s Cool Spot, 76-73, last Thursday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. The victory allowed the 6-1 Wolves to cement their status as the top team in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 National Women’s League. 

Randy Myles serves as the Wolves head coach and said his players deserve praise for the team’s latest accolade. 

“We have a wonderful bunch of ladies, when they come together, they come together,” Myles said. “Carmen Picate is a brand new guard to the league who’s fresh, quick and has a little different style of play. She’s a good point guard with a good shot. 

“We had another point guard in Catherine Ebanks, but she went way to school,” he added. “Picking up Carmen was a huge plus. With Sarah Kidd coming over from the Dominos Lady Heels, we picked up a lot of pace and strength. Plus she drops in like 15 points a game. 

“Cassianne Lawrence, you can’t go wrong with her and she holds the team down as captain,” Myles said. “Theresa Hamil is a veteran and a great basketball player who brings stability. Benieca Thompson is a beast on the boards and an asset to the team. Kristen Kuzyk runs a lot, is always hustling and is the Energizer bunny that helps out on the boards. 

“All of the other players add points, rebounds and steals,” he added. “They all help the team. I try my best to use all of them in every game to keep legs fresh. Every lady adds another facet to the team.” 

Picate was the leading scorer against Welly’s, notching 25 points and eight rebounds. Kidd poured in 22 points – including three 3-pointers – and six rebounds, while Lawrence posted 21 points and 14 rebounds. 

Chloe Powery posted an impressive triple double for Welly’s with 31 points, 11 steals and 10 rebounds. Khailan O’Connor followed her lead with her own triple double: 14 points, 13 steals and 10 rebounds. April Ebanks added 10 points and eight rebounds.  

Welly’s, 3-4, are in second ahead of 3-4 Island Heritage Silver Mist and 2-5 Home Gas Flames. All are in action at Camana Bay on Thursday, 18 April, as Welly’s face Silver Mist at 6.15pm and Home Gas face Wolves at 7.45pm. The regular season finale is next Thursday, 25 April, with the playoffs starting on 2 May. 

Myles said, records aside, the gap between his squad and the other clubs is small. 

“Our goal is to make it to the finals and win the championship,” he said. “So far, the season is going well. All of the teams have the same problem as us: finding time to practice. All of the teams come together early and the first half of most games are close. 

“It’s shaping up to be exciting,” he added. “Welly’s are a contending team and with their youth, they can be contenders. Home Gas is not showing their true potential; as their head coach Bruce Reynolds previously said in this newspaper it’s due to a lack of practice and fitness. We’re all in the same boat. 

“Island Heritage are restructuring and Joanne Remillard is a good addition for them,” Myles said. “We have two games left before the end of the regular season. Once we maintain first place we could face Silver Mist in the first round. We’ve beaten them by 18 to 20 points in our season series, so we’d feel confident about that.” 

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