Mixed results for T&T as Jamaica stretch winning run
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Apr 12, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago endured mixed fortunes while Jamaica’s winning machine kept on rolling, in the penultimate round of matches in the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Youth tournament here Friday.
Playing in the first of two morning games, T&T defeated St Kitts 20-17 but crashed to Barbados, 45-14, in the night cap encounter.
Leaders Jamaica maintained their unbeaten run with a comfortable 15-3 victory after their opponents St Kitts defaulted the game in the second quarter, due to injuries.
In the other evening contests, St Vincent and the Grenadines defeated Dominica 37-24 while Grenada crushed Nevis 46-3.
T&T, however, lifted their spirits when they got past St Kitts in the first game of the day. Goal attack Tiana Dillon led T&T with 14 goals from 26 attempts while goal shoot Afiya Vincent supported with six from 11 attempts.
For St Kitts, Givanique Dunrod netted 12 from attempts.
The game was competitive early on with the scores locked 4-4 after the first quarter, but T&T outshot St Kitts 6-2 to take a 10-6 half-time lead.
St Kitts hit back to outshine T&T 7-6 in the third quarter but could not find enough momentum in the final quarter to pull off the comeback.
There was no such joy for T&T in their second game, however, as they were clobbered by Barbados.
The game was still a contest at half-time with T&T behind 11-18 but Barbados outscored them 9-2 in the third quarter to grab a 27-13 lead, and erase any doubt about the result.
For the winners, goal shoot Shakeillia Smith knocked down 27 from 39 attempts while goal attack Shenequa Thomas finished with 18 from 23 attempts.
Vincent, with 10 goals from 16 tries, carried T&T.