Girls shine in Eng­land

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Robert Bai­ley Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA’S SUN­SHINE Girls recorded a 66-49 vic­tory over hosts Eng­land in the open­ing match of the Vi­tal­ity In­ter­na­tional three-Test Se­ries at Lon­don’s Cop­per Box Arena yes­ter­day.

The English Roses dom­i­nated the open­ing pe­riod to take a 16-12 at lead at the end of the first quar­ter. How­ever, the Sun­shine Girls, led by the out­stand­ing shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid backed up by bril­liant de­fen­sive work from Sham­era Ster­ling, ral­lied strongly in the sec­ond pe­riod as they outscored Eng­land 19-11 for a 31-27 at half time.

A dom­i­nant third quar­ter from the Sun­shine Girls saw them ex­tend their ad­van­tage to seven points, 49-42. This left Eng­land with an up­hill task to turn the game around against the Minett Reynolds-coached Sun­shine Girls go­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

The Sun­shine Girls, who are ranked fourth in the world, one place be­low Eng­land, out­played their op­po­nents in the fi­nal quar­ter to come away with an easy vic­tory.

The sec­ond match is the se­ries will be played at Manch­ester’s Belle Vue Arena on Fri­day.

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Fowler-Reid (left) and Ster­ling.

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