Shooting guard Latifah Wood’s game-high 21 points resulted in a 36-14 victory for Combermere over Graydon Sealy Secondary this afternoon in the ongoing National Sports Council’s Schools Basketball Competition t Waterford, St Michael.
Combermere led throughout the game with the scores 6-4, 15-6 and 24-8 at the end of the first three quarters.
Graydon Sealy had no answers for Combermere’s strong attack that included Wood a former product of the Paddock Road-based institution. No one else reached double figures for Combermere but Nicola Young offered some assistance with eight points along with four from national netball player Sheniqua Thomas and three from Shania Baboolal.
The going was so tough for Graydon Sealy that the highest individual score was six from Alyssa Bynoe while Regina St. Hill and Shadae Carrington netted four points each.
With Graydon Sealy being down by just two points after the first period, one would have thought they would take the attack to Combermere and try to capitalize on several opportunities, especially the turnovers. But every time they had the ball in their possession the hosts were so strong that they won back that advantage easily.
Combermere had a nine point advantage heading into the penultimate period and just to show how dominant they were Graydon Sealy players hardly got a touch on the ball with Carrington being the only player to score in the second quarter with two points.
Then to make matters worse Wood netted nine of her 21 points in the third quarter and proved to be a nightmare for Graydon Sealy’s defence. It was so bad that Graydon Sealy once again only managed two points through Bynoe.
Combermere were 16 points ahead and they started the fourth and decisive quarter with five new players who failed to take simple passes and Graydon Sealy definitely took a liking to them. So much so that St Hill let her presence be felt with some great dribbles complemented with her
layup moves as she ended with four points and Bynoe two.
About five minutes to go before the game ended and Combermere’s coach had seen enough and decided to bring back on his star players who picked up from where they had left off. Coming on to the end the ladies got a bit rough but nothing the referee could not control and Combermere clearly had a lot to smile about as Wood with six, Thomas four and Young two in the fourth period all ended the game with broad smiles.
Four games are scheduled for this coming Thursday when the St Michael School host Queen’s College, Combermere head across to Government Hill to face Springer Memorial, Graydon Sealy will venture to the Pine where they go up against Parkinson Memorial and Christ Church Foundation will challenge Harrison College at Crompton Street.