SUCKER GARDEN - The Motorworld & Jeep & Walichi Basketball Association's Ladies Basketball Championship Final 4 Playoffs began on Friday February 27th as all 4 teams played Game 1 of the best of 3 series. The first game of the night, #2 Thunderz VS #3 MGM Lightning was a wire to wire win for the Thunderz.
The MGM Lightning team fought back in the fourth quarter but was unsuccessful and the Thunderz won 36-31. Top players for Thunderz was Joyette Lloyd with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 4 steals and Yolanda Jeffers with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. MGM Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist.
Second game of the night was between #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls and #4 Learning Unlimited. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls held a small led throughout the whole game. Learning Unlimited fought back and got within 2 points but Lava Girls went on a big run to close out the game and win 50-36.
Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Claudia Fleming with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 steals and 1 block and Diasha Ferdinand with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 assist. Learning Unlimited was led by Jakisha Brooks with 14 points, 24 rebounds, 4 stelas, 3 blocks and 2 assists and Abby Jones with 4 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists.
Game 2 for both series was on Sunday March 1st and turned out to be two great sets of games. The first game of the afternoon was between #2 Thunderz VS #3 MGM Lightning. MGM Lightning started off strong and led after the first quarter 11-4, the Thunderz came back in the second quarter to cut the led to only 15-12.
MGM Lightning recovered in the third quarter to lead by 11 points after the third and won the game 32-22. MGM Lightning was led by Micaela Galva with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block.
Second game of the day was between #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls and #4 Learning Unlimited and turned out to be the best game of the weekend and a great way to end the weekend. Learning Unlimited started off the game very strong and led 16-9 after the first quarter. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls recovered to take the lead at the half 24-22 and stretched the lead in the third quarter to 41-32.
Learning Unlimited fought back with defence and outscored Lava Girls 17-8 but the game went down to the wire and the game went into overtime tied 49-49. Learning Unlimited built a 6 point led early in the overtime but Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls fought back and tied the game at 57-57. Jakisha Brooks stole the ball and got a layup with 6 seconds left in overtime to give Learning Unlimited the led and the win at 59-57. Learning Unlimited was led by the big game of Rachael Degroot with 18 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and Jakisha Brooks with 18 points, 18 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 blocks and 3 assists. Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls was led by Claudia Fleming with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 1 block and Wendy Jack with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
What a weekend with both series being tied 1-1 a piece. All 4 teams will play the deciding game 3 on Friday March 6thstarting at 7pm at Melford Hazel Sports Complex as #2 Thunderz take on #3 MGM Lightning and at 8:30pm #1 Cash 4 Gold Lava Girls take on #4 Learning Unlimited. Winners of Friday's games will win the series and go on to the finals to battle it out for the championship.
All teams are looking forward to seeing everyone come out with friends and family and to cheer on their favourite team to victory.