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Bajan girls beaten

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Bajan girls beaten

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THE NEWS hasn’t been good for Barbados’ women – on or off the court.
Make that three straight losses at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships now, as the ultramarine and gold dropped a competitive 84-59 result to The Bahamas on the same day they found out that Winmalecia Bowen will be out for the rest of the tournament in Tortola.
The promising teenaged rookie centre was diagnosed with an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) sprain after crumbling to the floor a day earlier when battling for a defensive rebound in Wednesday’s 16-point loss to the United States Virgin Islands.
It reduced the already inexperienced guard-laden side to just one legitimate post player – Bowen’s twin sister Winmarie – on the entire 12-member roster.
Yet Barbados still managed to compete, at least for the opening 20 minutes, as the heavy underdogs held a surprising 17-15 first quarter lead while staying within single digits for the entire first half (31-37).
But The Bahamas took control on the other side of the break, holding the Bajan lasses to just eight third-quarter points en route to a 22-point advantage (61-39).
Barbados still managed to trade baskets thereafter, although the damage had already been done.
Canadian-based forward Dale-Marie Cumberbatch again led Barbados with 24 points and captain Toni Atherley had 15 points and ten rebounds, while Shanea Armbrister scored a game-high 25 for The Bahamas. (JM)