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Barbados stun Sunshine Girls

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 5:00 AMRobert Bailey
Jamaica's goal defence Jodi-Ann Ward (left) tries to prevent Barbados goal attack Sheniqua Thomas from shooting during the second quarter of their three-Test series at the National Arena last night.
Jamaica suffer a shock 43-41 defeat to Barbados in Game 3 of their three-Test series at the National Arena last night. The series ended 1-1.
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Jamaica's Sunshine Girls went down to a shocking 43-41 defeat to Barbados in game three of their three match Test series at the National Arena last night.

The Sunshine Girls had a point to prove to their coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken, who criticised their performance after Sunday night's 40-34 win, and they came out strong in the opening quarter, as they quickly moved to an 11-8 lead at the end of the period. Goal shooter Thristina Harwood was very dominant for them, as she netted 10 of the team's 11 goals.

The Jamaicans fought gallantly in the second period to maintain their three-goal lead, with Harwood outmuscling the Barbadian defenders, to score all of the team's 10 goals in the period. She was well assisted by goal attack Rebekah Robinson. Jamaica's defensive unit of Shameera Sterling, Jodiann Ward and Melissa Wright also played well and as they forced Barbados into a number of turnovers.

The Sunshine Girls established a six-goal lead early in the third quarter, through goal shooter Shimona Nelson, who replaced Harwood at the start of the period. Nelson scored nine of the team's 11 goals. However, Barbados rallied to close the quarter strongly and reduced the deficit to 32-31 at the end of the period.

The fourth quarter was excitingly contested, as the Barbadians rallied to level the game at 35-35 with four minutes remaining in the match. However, Barbados shut down the Sunshine Girls' attackers, who seemed to panic as they made five turnovers in the final two minutes to record their first ever victory over Jamaica.

 

DISAPPOINTED IN TEAM

 

Coach Allison-McCracken was very disappointed with the team's performance.

"Lots of little things went wrong," she said. "We need to work on our passing, keeping (the) ball, keeping it safe."

Allison-McCracken also spoke about the role of shooter Shimona Nelson in last night's game.

"We also need to do a little bit more work in terms of how we feed into our lovely tall shooter (Nelson) when she's there. We haven't had the tall shooter all the time. We borrowed her from the Under-21s. We've been practicing for the last couple of weeks, but we obviously needed more time to practise those long passes into the shooter."

The result means the series ends tied one a piece, following Sunday night's win for Jamaica and last Friday's 44-44 draw between the sides.