Cool Spot can chill out Wolves

Welly’s Cool Spot are one win away from glory in women’s basketball. 

Welly’s have a 1-0 lead over the Wolves in the finals of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association National Women’s League.  

Game two is on Thursday, 30 May, at 6.30pm at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre. 

Cool Spot head coach Redver Ebanks said his side can close out on Thursday using mental toughness. 

“We just got to make sure we come out focused and show mental toughness,” Ebanks said. “We have a lot of talent, we can bring anyone off the bench to score. We got to be in the game, keep our mental focus and we can beat the Wolves.” 

Redver’s troops defeated Randy Myles’ Wolves, 78-68, in overtime in game one last Thursday. Welly’s had a 42-30 lead at halftime before the Wolves took the second half 34-22. The Cool Spot’s youth and energy would propel them to a 14-4 edge in overtime.  

Hannah Parchment led Welly’s with 22 points, six rebounds and five steals. Rochel Gardener added 19 points and five rebounds, while Chloe Powery contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Shana Linwood-McLaughlin chipped in 11 points off three 3-pointers and four rebounds. 

Wolves countered with 16 points and 23 rebounds from Benieca Thompson. Theresa Hamil scored 14 points and 11 rebounds, Sarrah Kidd soared for 13 points and Carmen Picate posted 11 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. 

Ebanks said a pair of role players could be key for Thursday’s contest. 

“The two girls we’ll need to show up for the rest of the playoffs are Guiesha Smith and Khalian O’Connor. Khalian is only 13 and in her first season in the league and was top three in assists and steals (during the regular season). The next two years, the women’s league will be interesting with her playing. 

“Guiesha is only 14 and was top three in the league in rebounding. Guiesha and Khalian are the future of the team and they will carry the team.” 

The Wolves will be looking to force game three in the best-of-three series, which would take place at Camana Bay next Thursday, 6 June, at 6.30pm. In the process, they hope to stall a Welly’s team that has not lost in the postseason thus far and has shown grit beyond their years. 

Cool Spot swept Island Heritage Silver Mist in an opening round playoff series that was closer than expected. Welly’s beat Silver Mist, 63-58, in game one before closing it out in game two, 59-55.  

O’Connor had a breakout game for Welly’s in the opener with 19 points and six rebounds. Chloe Powery added 14 points with two treys, nine rebounds and seven steals and Rochel Gardener chipped in 12 points and five assists. Krystle Barrett led Silver Mist with 20 points off four treys and six rebounds. Scimone Campbell contributed 15 points and five rebounds. 

Powery rose to the occasion for Welly’s in the series finale with 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. April Ebanks soared for 12 points and 10 rebounds and Smith added 10 points and 22 rebounds. 

Campbell led Silver Mist with 16 points and 10 steals, while Joanne Remillard posted 15 points and four rebounds and Becky Lucas contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds. 

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Guiesha Smith, ball, has to step up on Thursday. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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Benieca Thompson worked hard for her double-double.
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