The 2016 finals runner up, Dream, took on the new league sensation, the Islanders on May 7th at the Clifton Hunter High School Gym.
This year’s Islanders team has definitely 10X’ed their performance compared to last year, with additions such as Scimone Campbell, Jennifer Cottarelo-Choice, Krystle Barrett, Renee Thompson and Christsania Parker. The game was fast and furious, seeing lead change after lead change and big play after big play. But in the 4th quarter, Eve Lunn turned on the heat and made the Islanders pay for leaving her open on the 3-point line, hitting four huge baskets from behind the arc and putting the Dream out front.
Final Score Dream – 49
Islanders – 47
Eve Lunn – 18 pts; 9 rebs, 1st
Carmen Picante – 9 pts; 5 as; 5 sts
Theresa Hamel – 8 pts; 11 rebs;
Jennifer Cotarelo-Choice – 14 pts; 5 rebs; 6 sts
Krystle Barrett – 11 pts; 10 rebs; 3 sts
Scimone Campbell – 10 pts; 21 rebs; 4 as; 8 sts
Photo Credit: Wil Bignal Photography
The defending champions Lady Warriors were able to defeat their rivals the Dream despite suffering their first loss in their season opener.
The Warriors, led by Captain Dionne Anglin, got off to an early start, pounding the ball down in the post and taking advantage of their post mismatches. The Dream made A few runs in an attempt to bring the game back but each time they cut the deficit the Warriors would take a turn of their own and open the lead back up. Although Maggie Ebanks fouled out halfway through the third quarter the Lady Warriors were able to hold off the Dream to a final score of 34-29. In the end, the Warriors defense proved too difficult for the Dream to overpower as the warriors had a team league high 10 blocks and also had 17 second chance opportunities.
For the Warriors, Dionne Anglin led with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Teammate Stacey Kelly added 4 points, a game high 18 rebounds and 4 blocks.
For the Dream: Kimberley Ebanks led with 9 points and 10 rebounds.