Different wins for 2 top teams
CHAMPIONS C.O. Williams Rangers and Pine Hill St Barnabas scored contrasting but predictable victories when the Barbados Netball Association’s One league continued at the Netball Stadium on Friday night.
While Rangers scored a facile 49-33 win over Phoenix Gems, St Barnabas, the knockout queens, had to fight to the end to stop Spooners Hill 50-42.
Spooner’s Hill seemed determined to make amends for the defeat which they received in the first round, when the illness of some players and persistent rain forced them to concede at the start of the fourth quarter with the score 41-29.
On Friday night, the experienced Lydia Bishop brought her A game to turn back the challenge of big Shonette Bruce and the skilled Jackie Browne-McConney. Some unbelievable jumps and crowd pleasing takes and shots in one flowing motion suggested that Bishop and Spooner’s Hill were primed for an upset.
However, after trailing all the way to 22-23, St Barnabas then took charge as Spooners Hill inexplicably made a number of unforced errors to then lose the script nd the plot.
Bishop scored 32 of 36 attempts and the equally robust Colleen Griffith sank ten of 17. The quarter scores were 8-9, 22-23 and 35-30.
Once again, six-footer Laurel Brown dominated the match, scoring 41 goals from 47 attempts with young Sheniqua Thomas hitting nine of 12 with most of them being long range bombs as St Barnabas moved to an eight and nought record.
Rangers, who welcomed home their British professional Nikita Piggot, were looking ahead to the play-off stage and coach Sandra Bruce-Small used he match to rest and to tune-up for their “bigger” clashes ahead.
Olivia Walcott led Rangers with 25 goals from 30 attempts and Shakeena Rock added seven from 12 before taking a break.
Piggott received runs at both the goal shooter and goal attack positions, netting 17 of 22 shots. Rangers led 2-7, 24-14 and 34-20.
Shonica Wharton enjoyed one of her most consistent runs for the season for Gems, scoring a match-high 26 goals from 37 attempts while the slimly built Shannon Hackett scored seven of 11.