Mico over­power UWI Mona for In­ter­col ti­tle

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

DE­FEND­ING CHAM­PI­ONS Mico ‘A’ se­cured backto-back ti­tles in Se­nior In­ter­col­le­giate Net­ball ac­tion as the Janet Guy and Con­nie Fran­cis-coached team, in what was a re­peat of last year’s fi­nal, over­pow­ered 2014 cham­pi­ons UWI ‘A’ with a big 61-42 win.

Sun­shine Girls goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid led the way for the cham­pi­ons, scor­ing 44 goals from 51 at­tempts.

Both teams had advanced to the fi­nals three days ear­lier with con­trast­ing wins over their semi-fi­nal op­po­nents as Mico blew away G.C. Fos­ter ‘A’ 7230, while in a very close en­counter, UWI even­tu­ally out­lasted a fight­ing Utech team 4132.

Head­ing into Tues­day’s fi­nals, UWI, who a week ago were also beaten 46-28 by Mico in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the com­pe­ti­tion were bent on up­stag­ing them where it mat­tered most and were off to a good start.

With the ma­jor­ity of the fans push­ing them on, UWI got out of the blocks quickly, rac­ing to a quick 5-1 lead inside five min­utes with national player, Thristina Har­wood at wing at­tack and Re­bekkah Robin­son at goal at­tack com­bin­ing well to spread the ball to lanky goal shooter Shi­mona Nel­son.

EASY GOALS

Nel­son was well on tar­get, scor­ing all five early at­tempts eas­ily as the Mico defence led by Shantel Slater (goal­keeper) and goal defence Anika McKen­zie strug­gled to con­tain her.

UWI kept the lead for the ma­jor­ity of the quar­ter be­fore Mico took over 11-10 with less than five min­utes to go be­fore ex­tend­ing it to 17-11 at the end of the quar­ter.

With Fowler-Reid and Goal At­tack Stephanie An­der­son, who came in for the in­jured Ni­cole Dixon, hav­ing good early syn­ergy in the sec­ond quar­ter and cen­tre Tr­is­hana Han­son play­ing well, they looked a dif­fer­ent Mico team in

the sec­ond quar­ter.

Mico outscored their op­po­nent 18-9 to take a 36-20 lead at the half-time break.

De­spite be­ing down by 16 goals go­ing into the third quar­ter, the UWI team showed some fight here and with Mico mak­ing sev­eral turnovers they re­duced the deficit scor­ing five unan­swered goals as Mico led 36-25. Nel­son found her range as they outscored the Mico team 13-9 with Mico’s lead stand­ing at 45-33 go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter.

Like they did in the sec­ond quar­ter, the more ex­pe­ri­enced Mico team set­tled early, show­ing their class once again as they

dom­i­nated here pulling away in the end af­ter outscor­ing their op­po­nent 16-9 to end on a high note beat­ing their op­po­nent by 19 goals. An­der­son as­sisted Fowler Reid with 16 goals from 22 at­tempts. Nel­son was the top scorer for the losers with 30 from 38 at­tempts with her part­ner, Robin­son scor­ing 12 from 19.

“It is a very proud mo­ment for us at Mico. The team had some er­rors in the ear­lier part of the game, but they found their rhythm later and we made sev­eral changes be­cause we have rounded squad, and they gelled well af­ter­wards,” said Guy in her first sea­son at the

CON­TRIB­UTED

Mico ‘A’ goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (left) takes a shot dur­ing the In­ter­col­le­giate Se­nior Net­ball fi­nas against the Univer­sity of West In­dies at G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege of Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Sport on Tues­day. Her team­mate Stephanie An­der­son (GA) looks on. Mico won the game 61-42.

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