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Another defeat for Bajan lasses

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Another defeat for Bajan lasses

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You can add injury to insult for team Barbados now.
The Bajan lasses lost another game, and quite possibly Winmalecia Bowen too, as the promising rookie centre limped off the court hurt during the team’s 83-67 defeat at the hands of the United States Virgin Islands yesterday at the women’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships in Tortola.
It dampened what was otherwise a respectable showing on the floor following Tuesday’s disheartening 44-point loss in their opener versus the Dominican Republic.
Yet the squad got off to yet another slow start while managing just four points in the first quarter as part of a quick double-digit deficit (14-4).
But the situation really got serious towards the end of the ensuing second, as Bowen had to be helped off the court after seemingly clashing knees with another player while fighting for a defensive rebound.
Barbados still managed to stay within striking distance following transition baskets from Dale-Marie Cumberbatch, Toni Atherley and Tamisha Flatts that kept the margin down to 15 by the half (38-23).
However, turnovers doomed their cause thereafter, just like in the opener, with the USVI converting those misgivings into easy scores at the other end.
Outscoring Barbados 34-21 in the third quarter, the Virgin Islanders actually led by as many as 28 points (72-44), before the ultramarine and gold made things respectable in the fourth against their opponents’ backups.
Cumberbatch led Barbados with a game-high 28 points and ten boards while Flatts added ten. For the USVI, Natalie Day scored 25 and Tanecka Carey had 23 points.
Barbados wrap up group play today against The Bahamas at 4:15 p.m. (JM)