The biggest question in women’s basketball now is whether the Wolves can complete the double.
By all appearances, the squad has booked its place in the national championship game. Their initial postseason opponents, the defending two-time champs Home Gas Flames, have all but dropped out of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 Women’s League, sponsored by Popeyes.
Home Gas, under coaches Bruce Reynolds and Wendy Manzanares, forfeited Game One last Thursday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. Reynolds has repeatedly stated a lack of interest and practice has led to an absence of passion in his team. With those sentiments in place, odds are Game Two on Thursday, 9 May, at 6.15pm will be another abandoned match.
The intrigue now falls to Game Two of the Welly’s Cool Spot-Island Heritage Silver Mist series. Camana Bay hosts the action from 7.45pm. The first contest last Thursday had a late start with Silver Mist struggling to field a squad. Game three, if necessary, would take place on 16 May.
For the record, the Wolves, 8-1, went into playoffs as the top overall seed while Home Gas, 2-7, limped into the fourth spot. Welly’s, 5-4, are the No. 2 seed with Silver Mist, 3-6, claiming third place.
Wolves march into the finals with loads of talent. Carmen Picate was the fourth-leading scorer in the regular season at 18.9 points per game, Sarah Kidd was eighth in scoring at 13.0 ppg and Cassianne Lawrence was 10th at 10.8 ppg. Benieca Thompson ranked fourth in rebounding at 8.5 boards per contest.
Their potential finals opponent also have stars. Welly’s feature Chloe Powery, second in scoring at 21.0 ppg, third in rebounds at 9.9 rpg and tops in steals with 44. Silver Mist feature Scimone Campbell, the top passer at 4.1 assists per game and the fourth-best scorer at 13.9 ppg.