Rangers slam Villa
With the Barbados Netball Association’s Division One title at stake, queens C.O. Williams Rangers ensured that there were no hiccups as in the first round by slamming Guardian General Pride of Villa 52-34 when the second round was started on Monday night at the Netball Stadium.
Barbados players Nikita Piggott led all scorers with 34 goals from 40 attempts for Rangers while the pint-sized Shakeena Rock added 15 of 21 while alternating in the goal shooter position with Nakita President, who scored three of six attempts.
Villa, who ended the first round with just three points and no hope of challenging for the title, were led by Faye Sealy who shot 31 goals from 45 attempts while winning many battles in the circle with Rhe-Ann Niles. Kelly-Ann Knight added three of seven for Villa.
However, after squeezing out a slight 12-10 lead in the first quarter, Villa faded 26-18 and 38-24 before suffering the 18-goal loss.
A good game by Barbados captain Latonia Blackman, who started in the centre position, and strong play from goal keeper Kamilleah Burke had looked like challenging the Rangers once again.
However, Rangers’ coach Sandra Bruce-Small abandoned her first quarter experiment of President at goal attack, Kathy-Agard at wing attack and Alisha Gaskin holding the centre.
At the start of the second quarter Tyneisha Rowe was brought in at wing attack, Rock took the goal attack bib and the speedy “blonde” Sabreena Smith assumed the centre position.
Those changes saw Rangers outscoring their opponents 16-6 and the pattern would continue even when Villa’s Nadia Blackman turned up and was introduced in the third quarter along with the physical Makeba Clarke, who had decided to sit out the first two quarters.
Rock, going down and off in the fourth quarter, offered Villa little hope as Rangers totally outplayed their opponents to move to 16 points with the other cup contenders Pine Hill St Barnabas and UWI Blackbirds, who are yet to start the second round, on 11 points.
Shottas United defeated Phoenix Protection Service 26-13
Pine Hill St Barnabas defeated Bathsheba 27-19
Potential Ballers and Pine & Wildey Ballers drew 26 all
Princess Margaret defeated C.O. Williams Rangers 20-16
Boscobel defeated Sion Hill 31-24