Sunshine Girls march on at AFNA Champs
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Barbados produced a strong second quarter to silence hosts Trinidad and Tobago for the first time as they dealt them a convincing 59-48 defeat on the penultimate night of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations Championship here Friday night.
Entering the contest at the Jean Pierre Complex as one of two unbeaten teams in the competition, T&T failed to come to grips with a strong Barbados surge and crashed to their first loss.
Jamaica, the other unbeaten team, continued their rampage through the competition with two wins on the day.
They opened with an easy 94-15 victory over Bermuda in a morning fixture before returning to win the last game of the night, strolling past the United States, 87-19.
Jamaica have 14 points while Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have 12 each.
Barbados, who lost to the Jamaicans on Thursday night, got the better of T&T thanks to an excellent outing by goal shoot Laurel Browne, who shot 38 goals from 40 attempts. Goal attack Nikita Piggott supported with 21 from 24 attempts.
For T&T, Anastascia Wilson led with 28 from 31 attempts and was aided by goal attack Janelle Barker, who shot 13 from 14 attempts.
Despite Browne's perfect eight-from-eight shooting performance, Barbados were outscored in the first quarter to trail 11-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Wilson was outstanding, shooting 11 from 13 while Barker was perfect from her five attempts, allowing T&T to take control of the game.
However, Barbados rebounded spectacularly in the second quarter, outscoring the Trinidadians 19-9 to snatch a 30-25 half-time lead.
This was thanks to Browne's accuracy as she kept up her perfect shooting with 14 from 14 to end the half with 22 goals from as many attempts.
In the crucial third quarter, nothing could separate the two teams as they both scored 12 goals, with Barbados holding on to their narrow five-goal lead heading into the final stanza.
The defeat for T&T comes ahead of tonight's clash with the unbeaten Jamaica who are likely to be crowned champions.