Guyana’s Female team have gotten off their Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Women’s championships to a torrid start after losing their first two games of the tournament, which is being competed in Suriname, to Barbados and Suriname respectively.
In their first game at the Anthony Nesty Sportshal in Paramaribo, the Guyanese ladies lost by 40 points to Barbados. It was a dominating performance of team Barbados against Guyana, the final score was settled at 39 – 79.
Barbados were physically stronger and they used that to their advantage. Barbados’ head coach admitted that he was expecting a tougher match and the final score was beyond his expectation. The top performer was Toni Atherley with 19 points and she was backed up by Shakila Small who also had a solid performance with 16 points.
Within the first two minutes, Guyana saw the lead going to Barbados and after the first half of the game, Guyana was 18 points behind and they never recovered from the poor start. The majority of Guyanese players lack international experience and they didn’t stand a chance against the more experienced opponents.
For the local side, Miriam McKenzie had a very good game with 12 points and she was supported by Jada Mohan (10 points) and Captain Ginelle Ifill (7 points) but the effort did not pay off.
Meanwhile, in Guyana’s second game, they lost to home team Suriname 73-52 in an improved performance. Guyana were better both defensively and offensively but still went down by 21 points at the packed venue.
Miriam McKenzie was the standout player once again after swooshing a game-high 24 points, inclusive of two three-pointers. Kennesha Leacock netted 13 points to be the other significant scorer in Guyana’s losing cause.
Cyarah Kensmill (22 points), Zephanya Zeeluk (17 points) and Marcellia Sedoc (10 points) led Suriname to victory against their neighbours.
Looking for a win in their third group match, Guyana played Dominican Republic last night at the same Anthony Nesty Sportshal. The results of that match will be featured in tomorrow’s issue of Kaieteur Sport.
Earlier yesterday, tournament favourites Cuba thrashed St. Vincent and the Grenadines 108-32.
The Guyanese women are in Group B with Suriname, Barbados and Dominican Republic. While Group A includes: Bahamas, Cuba and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The full squad reads 1. Ginelle Ifill (Captain) 2. Miriam McKenzie (Co-Captain) 3. Jada Mohan 4. Annalisa Barclay 5. Saffiya Greene 6. Kennesha Leacock 7. Roschelle Campbell 8. Demelza Nicholas 9. Caron Bobb-Semple 10. Makeida Rogers 11. Cliffanna Hunter and 12. Kesann Charles. The Manager for the Guyana is Ms. Ann Gordon; with Troy Greene, Head Coach; Dave Causway, Assistant Coach, and Jonas Anestal as Physiotherapist and Physical Conditioner.
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