Mico's Intercol netball dominance continues
Mico University's dominance in the Intercol netball competition continued on Thursday as the senior and intermediate teams, coached by Janet Guy and Connie Francis, walked away with the two major titles following the finals played at the Mico Gymnasium.
The Mico (A) team defeated the University of Technology 66-60 to capture the senior title, while the Mico 'B' team turned back GC Foster 'B' 34-31.
In the senior finals, Mico went in search of their third title in a row, while Utech were looking to break the spell in front of a fair-sized crowd inside the facility.
Led by the outstanding Jhaniele Fowler-Reid at the goal shooting position, it was Mico who took the early initiative as they led 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. Goal shooter Sasha Mitchell, goal attack Shanice Beckford and wing attack Khadijah Williams did their best for Utech as they kept pace and in the second half, which the home team ended with a 37-32 lead.
Mico, with Fowler-Reid dominating the offensive lines and with good defensive play from National Under -21 captain Kadien Dehaney at goal defence and wing defence Anika McKenzie, turned on the heat in the third quarter as they raced into a comfortable 54-46 lead, threatening to blow away their opponents.
Pressure by Utech in the final quarter and several turnovers by Mico saw the former getting back into the game with their best run outscoring Mico 14-12, but in the end it was too late as Mico held on for a win and their third senior title in a row.
For Mico, Fowler-Reid top-scored with 49 goals from 58 attempts with Nicole Dixon supporting well with 17 from 19, while for Utech, Mitchell had 32 from 38, while it was 14 from 23 for Beckford.
In a very exciting and close affair, UWI finished third after getting the better of GC Foster (A) 37-36.
Mico (B) won for the fifth year in a row after their three goals win over GC Foster (B). In winning it was sweet revenge for Mico as three weeks earlier they had lost to their opponents by nine goals at the preliminary stage.
Goal shooter Daniele Masters with 21 from 27 top-scored for Mico with goal attack Shauna Jones chipping in with 13 from 26. Goal shooter Apryl Thompson top-scored for GC Foster with 27 from 34.
In other finals on the day, GC Foster 'C' captured the Intermediate B title by overcoming the Nicole Aiken-coached Moneague College team 32-24, while Northern Caribbean University upstaged College of Agriculture, Science and Education 28-15 to capture the junior title.