St John Sonics defeated Challengers 49-35 in their No. 1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange-sponsored 2015 Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s League encounter played last night at the Wildey Gymnasium.
Challengers led 9-4 at the end of the first quarter but Sonics composed themselves and commanded the other periods 19-18, 33-29 and eventually the game-ending 49-35. Their victory was achieved compliments of Chantal Husbands with 17 points and Wanda Small with 12.
Challengers found the going tough and were made to work for every point with Tara Dowrich top scoring with just eight points. Sonics led 19-16 in the second quarter when Akeila Prescod with a two point lay-up limited the deficit to just one point at 19-18 just before the break.
In the third period Sonics maintained the lead 27-25 and progressed through the Husbands sisters Tiffany and Chantal who scored six between them to put the St John ladies on 33 even though Dowrich and Cheryl Steele did fairly well to put Challengers on 29 coming coming to the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter Steele netted two to move Challengers on to 31 but Sonics still kept the advantage by five with their tally on 36 points. With fewer than six minutes to play in the decisive quarter Chantal was forced to leave the court after picking up an injury.
That did not stop Sonics who reached 40 points compliments Small who had her way at the basket, scored six vital points during one stretch and expanded their lead as Challengers’ coach Junior Wilson tried to strategize with just under three minutes to play.
He brought on two of his main players Laticia Green and Steele who did not have much of an impact as Chantal returned. Challengers then just seemed to give up at that point and hardly played any defence as Sonics ran away with the game.
In the other game played reigning under-19 champions Young Christan Men’s Association Wildcats were victorious over Warrens Sports Club 81-63 thanks to a game high 24 from Joel Hunte and 17 from Nikolai Burton.
Zachary Cave with 15 and Anand Joseph- Thorne 14 played well to help Wildcats who were down in the first quarter 17-14 to command the second and third 40-34 and 68-54.
Dominic Jervis top-scored with 19 for Warrens and six of those came in the opening quarter along with 11 from Dillon Willie who had five also at the start. Wildcats definitely upped their game and tallied 26 points compared to Warrens’ 17 with Hunte scoring 11 of those and Cave six.
There was no stopping Hunte yet again in the third quarter with ten points and Burton joined in the fun with 11 even though Jurao Grant of Warrens had a total of ten and got help from teammate Kahmal Boyce with six. Wildcats just continued their dominance and never looked back in the decisive quarter and eventually went on to take the game comfortably over Pearson Griffith’s men.