Cool Spot freezes Wolves

Welly’s Cool Spot has had a decent start to their title defense. 

Cayman’s reigning champions have started out 1-1 in the 2014 Women’s Triangular Series, put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association. After losing their opener 52-51 to the Dominos Lady Heels, Welly’s bounced back to topple the Wolves 71-52 Thursday at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Center. 

The Cool Spot, under head coach Redver Ebanks, had a balanced attack in their losing effort. Chloe Powery and Khailan O’Connor each had 10 points, while Guiesha Smith posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Dominos saw a dominant return from Kamilla Nagy, who previously had left the island, with 15 points, and Schmarrah McCarthy thwarted her former club with 13 points and nine rebounds. 

In the second game, Welly’s leaned on their three aforementioned prodigies for the victory. O’Connor led the way with 21 points, Smith recorded another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Powery got in on the act with 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

Wolves, under head coach Randy Myles, had a game-high 27 points from Carmen Picate, and veteran duo Cassianne Lawrence and Sarrah Kidd combined for 18 points and 28 rebounds. 

Week three of the league takes place Feb. 27 at Camana Bay as Wolves battle Dominos at 6:15 p.m. 

The triangular series gets its name as only three teams are competing. Based on brief conversations with association officials, at least two sides dropped out due to a lack of players. One of those squads is the Home Gas Flames, who have suffered a meteoric collapse and seem to be a prime example of the decline in local basketball talked about by players, referees and coaches. After two straight national titles under coaches Wendy Manzanares and Bruce Reynolds, the Flames failed to be competitive last year and forfeited many games due to a lack of women. 

The 2013 league had five teams, with the Island Heritage Silver Mist being the fifth side. 

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Carmen Picate scored a game-high 27 points.

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Guiesha Smith has played well to start the season. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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