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Inexperienced Sunshine Girls held by Barbados

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 9:14 PM
Ricardo Makyn Jamaica's Shimona Nelson goes high to collect a pass while being closely watched by Barbadian Shonette Azore-Bruce during Friday's netball 'Test' at the National Arena. The game ended in a 44 - 44 tie.

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls played out a dramatic and surprising 44-44 tie with Barbados in their opening match of their three-Test series at the National Arena on Friday night.

Several big name Jamaicans were absent for the series and what was the first game in charge for the Sunshine Girls head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken, who has been at the helm since March.

The opening quarter was evenly contested as both teams traded basket for basket at both ends of the court.  However, the Sunshine Girls ended the period with a narrow 12-11 lead.

Barbados came out firing on all cylinders in the second period as they outscored the Sunshine Girls 15-10 to take a 26-22 lead at halftime.

The Sunshine Girls rallied in the third, outscoring Barbados 12-9, to trail 35-34 at the end of the stanza before turning in a gutsy performance in the fourth quarter to outscored the Bajans 10-9.