Station Hill Cavaliers are the undisputed queens of women’s basketball in the island.
With the 2015 knockout title already secured in their trophy chest, the Lady Cavs showed how unstoppable they were with a 57-46 victory over the University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds in the final of the No. 1 Beauty Supplies and Beauty Exchange-sponsored Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Women’s League competition at the Wildey Gymnasium last night.
Shooting guard Maria Cumberbatch was large and in charge with a game-high 26 points and was the only player on Station Hill team to reach double figures. The Cavs commanded the first three quarters 11-9, 22-21 and 43-31 before running out comfortable winners to take the best of three series 2-0.
Team manager Maureen Garner attributed her team’s unbeaten success this season to hard work and dedication and noted that the team members have been together for a few years and work well together.
“Throughout this season we took each game one at a time and even though the team worked well together we took no team in this competition for granted because basketball is played on the day. This Station Hill team has been together for a while now and we are extremely pleased with the results,” said Garner, who was described by coach Andrew Alleyne as the heartbeat of the team.
All season Cavaliers have got the better of UWI who lost three of their top players this season. Last night Jacqueline Browne scored 12 points in the game and has been consistent in the middle throughout the year for UWI. Unfortunately no one on her team managed to come up with any big scores with Tiffany Thorpe ending on ten points and being the only player outside of Browne to reach double figures.
Down by two-points heading into the second quarter meant that UWI were still in with a chance. They put in a commendable effort with a tally of 11 points in the quarter through Nikita President who scored four, Thorpe, three, Browne, two, and Haynes, one, which allowed the Cave Hill ladies to keep up with Cavaliers. But the Cavs still maintained their two-point advantage heading into the penultimate quarter.
With the scores on 22-21 Danesha Elcock with a three pointer expanded the lead 25-21 to Cavaliers and from there Cumberbatch had her way with UWI defence, scoring 14 points in the period as UWI failed on many occasions to keep her out of the paint or at least make life difficult for her with solid defence.
Cumberbatch was responsible for taking her side on to 31 with a three-pointer. The scores were then 35-28 to Cavaliers with four minutes left to play when UWI coaches Derek Aimey and Roger Christie called a time-out. Eventually UWI ladies reached 30 but by then Cavaliers had already progressed to 39 and Tamisha Flatts with two took them on to 41 and with under a minute left Cumberbatch found two more.
In the fourth quarter Cavaliers with a 12-point advantage continued from where they left off and even though Thorpe with seven points, Tonya Corbin and Browne with four each, tried their hardest to attack Station Hill’s defence and took UWI on to 46 points, theirs was always an uphill task that just about petered out at that point. Cavaliers were too strong on both the defensive and offensive ends with the likes of Astrid Alleyne who returned from injury and received solid assistance from Shakira Shorey in the center, with both pulling down eight rebounds. They did well to ensure the hot-handed Cumberbatch received the ball and finished the job on the offensive side of play and extended the dynasty of the ladies from Station Hill.