The Wolves can now begin their women’s basketball title run in earnest.
Armed with the regular season crown, the squad looks to run through the playoffs en route to a national championship. The first step is an opening round postseason series with the Home Gas Flames in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 Women’s League.
Wolves head coach Randy Myles said a major focus this year has been on changing the reputation surrounding his team.
“We are changing the culture in the club, the Wolves have been known as the bad girls of the league,” Myles said. “We imploded in the past. Now, we’re not going to sit down and blame the refs. Defence wins games and we can’t blame the refs, we got to make stops, score baskets and keep the game in reach.
“I think we can change the view of the populace. We want to win but we got to change how we express that. We’re out to prove the Wolves are not a bad club. We’re out to win in a different way. At the end of the day, I’m a passionate person and I’m enjoying the season. I’m relieving them of the pressure to live up to the hype.
“I tell my ladies to have fun and do the things they practice to do. We’re here to stay and prove the Wolves are a good club. I hope to come back next season, but that’s up to management. As I have said in the past, the goals were first making it to the playoffs and then on to the finals.”
Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre hosts the best-of-three series. Game one is Thursday, 2 May, with game two slated for next Thursday, 9 May, with game three, if necessary, on 16 May. Wolves, 8-1, are the top overall seed, while Home Gas, 2-7, limped into the fourth spot.
The other opening series between Welly’s Cool Spot and Island Heritage Silver Mist also starts on Thursday. Game two is slated for 9 May. Welly’s, 5-4, are the No. 2 seed with Silver Mist, 3-6, being the third seed.
Wolves ended their campaign with a 69-53 victory over Silver Mist last Thursday. Carmen Picate led all scorers with 23 points, six assists, six rebounds and five steals. Teammate Sarah Kidd added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Wolves post player Kristen Kuzyk notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Scimone Campbell led Island Heritage with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Joanne Remillard chipped in 15 points and six rebounds and Krystle Barrett contributed 10 points and four rebounds.
Welly’s, meanwhile, slaughtered Home Gas, 82-18. Chloe Powery scored 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Khailan O’Connor produced 16 points and nine rebounds. Guiesha Smith registered a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Rochel Gardener posted 12 points and three steals.
Alyssa Connor was top scorer for Home Gas, the reigning two-time champions, with eight points and five rebounds. Maggie Ebanks had seven points and 24 rebounds, while Alessandra Hawkins had three points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Thursday’s playoff games take place at 6.15pm and 7.45pm.