Welly’s Cool Spot are one win away from a finals berth.
Yet, the young team is not calling victory a foregone conclusion against the Island Heritage Silver Mist on Thursday, 16 May. Welly’s head coach Redver Ebanks said his side has to finish better if it hopes to contend for the title.
“Game one we won by 10/11 points and it was a close game for most of the way,” Ebanks said. “It was close through three quarters before we pulled away. I think my team was a bit nervous and they were not finishing as they missed a lot of lay-ups.
“Our tall girls did a fantastic job of rebounding and evening up the boards. But again, we didn’t finish baskets. It was the first time a lot of the girls made it to the playoffs so winning the first game helped them because they’re better than that. For Game two, it’s all about finishing and playing hard.”
Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre hosts game two of the best-of-three series at 6.15pm. The contest is part of the opening playoff round in the Cayman Islands Basketball Association 2013 Women’s League, sponsored by Popeyes.
Welly’s are playing for a chance to battle the Wolves, the regular season winners who benefitted from the Home Gas Flames, the two-time defending champions, essentially dropping out of the league.
On paper, the Cool Spot are the heavy favourites to close it out. Welly’s, under Ebanks and assistant coach Billy Fenton, feature Chloe Powery, who was second in the league in scoring at 21 points per game, third in rebounds at 9.9 rebounds per game and tops in steals with 44.
Silver Mist, under head coach Daniel Augustine and assistant coach Chris Lucas, feature Scimone Campbell, the top passer at 4.1 assists per game and the fourth-best scorer at 13.9 points per game.
Welly’s won the regular season series 2-1 over Island Heritage. Both victories saw Powery and Rochel Gardener (who averaged 14 points and five steals in those games) lead the Cool Spot assault.
The lone Silver Mist triumph centred on a superb showing from Meghan Boccaccio (26 points, 17 rebounds and four steals) and Joanne Remillard (16 points, four assists and three rebounds).