Racers Ground Humming Birds 51-31 in Berger Elite League
THE St Catherine Racers thrashed Kingston Humming Birds 51-31 to secure first-leg honours in the best-of-three finals of the Berger Elite League Friday night at the Leila Robinson Court.
The St Catherine Racers cruised to an early lead to end the first interval 15-10.
Mid-way the second quarter, a power outage disrupted play for about 20 minutes, but that could not break the momentum of the St Catherine Racers, who doubled their opponents at the half-time break, 30-15.
Goalshoot Sabrina Spence netted 29 of her 36 attempts, while Annakay Griffiths sank 22 from her 27 shots for the victors, while from the Kingston Humming Birds, captain and goalshoot Elaine Davis netted 16 of her 22 attempts and teammate Elisha Josephs made 15 of her 18 tries.
The second match will be Friday at the same venue at 6:30 pm.
Coach of the St Catherine Racers Nordia Hanson was surprised with the wide margin of victory, as he was expecting a closer battle.
"We worked on a couple of things last night (Thursday night) in training, a little light session and most things worked out well. I expected that the scoreline would have been closer, it was ding-dong in the first quarter and we stepped away with about three consecutive goals and never looked back from then.
"Looking at the game next Friday, I am just going to have a meeting with the ladies, we will reflect on this game, look back at our semi-final last week, what tactics worked for us, but definitely we want to end this final come next week in game two," he added.
Earlier at the Leila Robinson Courts, the St James Sharpes defeated the Manchester Spurs 45-37 to cop third place.
Goalshoot Shanika Gordon from the St James Sharpes scored 30 of her 37 attempts, while Shantal Slater, goalshoot from Manchester Spurs, replied with 28 from 35 attempts.