Jamaica, Barbados on course for title decider
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Jamaica and hosts Barbados carved out contrasting wins to remain unbeaten in the Caribbean Netball Association's Jean Pierre Youth Championship here Tuesday.
While the Jamaicans edged out a determined St Lucia 25-24, Barbados romped to a comfortable 31-12 victory over arch-rivals Trinidad and Tobago at the Barbados Netball Stadium, on the outskirts of the city.
The results left Jamaica and Barbados on course for title-deciding clash on for tomorrow's final day of the competition.
The junior Sunshine Girls were forced to battle against the St Lucians and held narrow leads of 6-4 after the first quarter and 12-10 at half-time.
St Lucia, however, fought back in the third quarter to tie the scores at 16, heading into the decisive final quarter.
Jamaica were led by goal shoot Lori Daley, who dominated the final quarter to finish with 12 goals from 13 attempts overall, while goal shoot Denay Thomas was a perfect eight from eight.
For St Lucia, goal attack Megan Nestor tallied 19 goals from 20 attempts.
Barbados, meanwhile, had no such competition, as they raced to a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 15-6 advantage at half-time. The hosts again dominated the third quarter to lead 22-9 heading into the final quarter where they easily put the game to bed.
They were propelled by goal shoot Tower Lord, who shot 22 from 30, while goal attack Brianna Holder chipped in with nine from 14.
T&T were carried by goal attack Kadeemah Herbert, who totalled eight from 13 attempts.
In other games played Tuesday, Dominica trounced Antigua and Barbuda 36-14 behind goal shoot Celena Langlaise's 24 from 35 attempts, while Grenada easily got past Bermuda 34-19, thanks to Carlene Alexander's 31 from 38 attempts.
Jamaica and Barbados have won four straight and both have 20 points, with St Lucia in third on 12 points.