After the Foxxie’s Angels handed them their first loss of the season on Tuesday night, the Bees Trucking Destroyers returned to the court on Saturday night and took down the Saints 68-55 in New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) action at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium. Also in action on Saturday were the Angels who were coming off a loss to the Connectors on Thursday night. The Angels got back in the win column with a win over the Cheetahs, 51-44.
Destroyers 68, Saints 55
The Destroyers got a double-double from Britenique Harrison as they defeated the Saints 68-55. Harrison scored 13 points and pulled down 11 boards. Chrishanda Rahming had a team-high 15 points to lead the Destroyers.
The Saints’ Alexandria Marshall scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Saints were more competitive in the second half, but for the most part, the Destroyers were dominant throughout.
Marshall hit a three-pointer at the 5:52 mark of the first quarter to give her team an 11-6 lead. On next possession, Rahming started a game-changing 12-0 scoring run as she hit a jumper inside the arc to trim the deficit to three. Rahming and teammate Shaniqua Thompson scored four points each during that run.
China Curry punctuated the run with a jumper with 13 seconds remaining in the quarter to put her team ahead 16-11.
The Destroyers controlled the second quarter as they went up by as much as 13 points.
That lead was cut down to six, 29-23, with 3:35 remaining before the Destroyers took it up to 10 at the half.
It was not the start to the third quarter that the Saints wanted as a pair of free shots from Rahming pushed the lead to 15, 40-25, with 8:27 left in the quarter.
After the Destroyers went up by 18, the Saints cut that lead down to 12 as the quarter ended 49-37 in favor of the Destroyers.
The Destroyers stayed in control in the all-important fourth. They outscored the Saints 19-18 in the last quarter.
The Saints’ Anastacia Sands-Moultrie finished with a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Destroyers had eight blocks in the game. Harrison and Sherrelle Cash had three blocks each. The Saints finished the game with no blocks.
The Destroyers improved to a 10-1 win-loss record on the season while the Saints dropped to 5-5.
Angels 51, Cheetahs 44
Denika Lightbourne was the only Angels player in double figures as she scored 11 points to pace her team to a 51-44 victory over the Cheetahs.
For the Cheetahs, Keishawna Mather scored a game-high 17 points with 10 coming from the free-throw line. She also had 11 rebounds.
The Angels ran all over the Cheetahs in the early minutes of the first quarter. With 4:09 remaining in the quarter, they were ahead 18-1. It was a balanced scoring attack that helped them jump out to the huge lead early in the game.
The quarter ended 20-8 in favor the Angels.
In the second quarter, the Angels managed to keep a double-digit lead. Veronique Charlton scored on a lay-up to extend the lead to 15 with 1:02 remaining, 30-15. That was the final basket of the quarter as the Angels went into half-time with a comfortable lead.
With just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Ajani Culmer’s lay-up gave the Angels their largest lead of the game at 23, 41-18. That basket punctuated an 11-3 scoring run to start the third quarter for the Angels.
Mather buried a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in the quarter to cut the Angels’ lead to 17, 47-30.
It looked like the game was over, but the Cheetahs showed resilience as they attempted a comeback. Despite only playing with seven players, they showed that they had some fight left in them as them battled back in the game.
The Cheetahs outscored the Angels 14-4 in the final period. However, it wasn’t enough as the Angels held on for the win.
The Cheetahs’ Erin Williams grabbed a game-high 16 points and had five blocks in the loss.
Winning the fast-break points battle was the Angels with 16 compared to just four for the Cheetahs.
With this win, the Angels now sport a 6-4 win-loss record on the season. The Cheetahs are at 1-9.
Action resumes tomorrow night when the Angels play the Saints at 7 p.m. In the late game, the Cheetahs will play the Connectors.