Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Waulgrovians Bullets registered a nail-biting 47-46 victory over Homestead Cougars in the Jamaica Basketball Association National Women Super League on Sunday night at the National Stadium courts.
The Marland Nattie-coached Bullets, who are seeking their third consecutive hold on the trophy, were led to victory courtesy of a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds from former national representative Oberon Pitterson-Nattie.
She received solid support from national representative Angelee Latouche who added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bullets.
The game was very exciting, but tense throughout as the Bullets battled to take a close 26-24 lead at half-time. The Bullets, who had a very experienced line-up, which included Latoya Bidwell-Wallen and Ladonna Lamonth, extended their advantage by one point for a 37-34 lead at the end of the third stanza.
However, led by national point guard and captain Melissa Farquharson's outstanding shooting performance, the Cougars fought back in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 42-42 with just under two minutes remaining. Both teams traded a couple baskets down the stretch, but crucial turnovers by the Cougars handed the Bullets the narrow victory, their third in a row.
"It was not what they are capable of because we haven't had any consistent training session and this affected our performance against the Cougars," said Nattie.
"Nonetheless, it was a good victory because it puts us in a good position for the play-offs," he added.
Farquharson led the Cougars with a game-high 19 points, plus five rebounds. She received key support from Sasha Dixon, who added 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists.
"Our shots were just not going in and overall, it was just a bad shooting night for us," said Farquharson.
"However, I think our performance was good because we have a couple new players and so we were focusing on working them into our system, and I think they did well despite us losing the game," she said.
The star player says they can win the competition.
"I think that once we get it right we stand a good chance of winning the competition. But in order for us to do this, we have to play great defence, shoot the ball well and rebound the ball well," noted Farquharson.
The competition, which is still without a sponsor, will continue on Thursday with two matches at the same venue.