Jamaica trample Trinidad
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Jamaica stayed on course to recapture the Jean Pierre Memorial Caribbean Under-16 champion-ship, when they dismissed Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) 42-21 on Wednesday at the National Netball Stadium here.
Defending champions Jamaica had a slow opening quarter, where T&T trailed them by 7-5.
Goal-shooting starlet Thristina Harwood was not used in the shooting arc, but the Young Sunshine Girls replaced Vanessa Jones from goal attack with Sade Ffrench for the second period, and stepped on the gas to close the first half ahead 17-10.
The match was virtually over as a genuine contest by the end of the third quarter, as T&T failed to contain the rampant Jamaicans, who led 31-15 at the break.
The title-holders brought Shiquana Reid in at goal shooter to replace starter Trudianne Pennant, who netted 22 goals from 30 attempts, and returned Jones to goal attack, and cruised to victory over the final period.
For T&T, Jenice McIntosh had a perfect three-of-three at goal shooter, but was substituted at halftime for Samantha Wallace, who managed six from 12, while Kalifa McCollin at goal attack netted 12-of-17.
Yesterday, the Young Soca Princesses played hosts Barbados in a match that could ultimately decide who finishes second in the championship, while Jamaica meet St Lucia.
The St Lucians warmed up for the challenge with a 31-21 victory over Grenada, in one of the other two matches in the main draw, and Dominica took advantage of what has become St Vincent and the Grenadines' trademark last-quarter slump to win 23-22 after trailing for most of the game.