Angels, Destroyers head to NPWBA finals
The Foxxie’s Angels and the Bees Trucking Destroyers are heading to the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association championship round after they swept their opponents 2-0 in their best-of-three semi-finals on Thursday night at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
The Angels took care of the Saints 57-35 as the Destroyers used the second half to wear down the Connectors 82-42. It will be an exciting matchup between these two teams with game one of their championship beginning on Tuesday, March 5, at 7.30 p.m. at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.
Angels 57, Saints 35
The Angels had three players in double digits as they opened the game on a huge 16-6 first quarter and never looked back in their 57-35 victory over the Saints. Leading the way for the Angels were Latavia Brennen with 14 points and 18 rebounds and six steals, Dwanique Rolle had 13 points, and Denika Lightbourne had 10 points.
Vernisha Moss led the way for the Saints with nine points.
The Angels out-rebounded the Saints 59-47 as they were very aggressive on the boards.
After outscoring their opponents 16-6 in the first quarter, the Angels kept the pressure on the Saints in the second quarter. They opened the quarter on a 12-3 run after Brennen got the offensive rebound off a missed Lightbourne shot and tipped it in with 3:35 remaining in the quarter.
Rolle made two layups as her Angels held a comfortable 35-10 lead at the half.
The Saints came out after the half with more fight than they did in the first half but the Angels kept them out of reach. The Angels led 43-24 at the start of the fourth quarter but were outscored in the third quarter 14-8 by the Saints.
Brennen was everywhere in the fourth quarter as she was visible on the boards and buckets. She helped her Saints to a 14-11 fourth quarter victory to win the game 57-35 to advance to the championships.
Both teams shot under 30 percent. The Saints attempted nine three-pointers but missed all nine. The Angels connected on two of their 10 three-pointers.
Destroyers 82, Connectors 42
Britenique Harrison picked up a double-double scoring a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 82-42 victory over the Connectors.
Denisha Dean led the way for the Connectors with a game-high 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
It was a close game as both teams traded the lead early on before the Destroyers held a 17-11 lead after Shanovia Neely made a free throw with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter.
The quarter ended with Dean scoring a three-pointer to take her team up 23-21 heading into the second quarter.
Like the start of the first quarter, both teams opened the second quarter trading buckets before the Destroyers went on an 8-0 run to take the score to 37-29. That, after Chrishanda Rahming’s tip-in on Shaniqua Thompson’s miss with 2:09 to go in the first half.
The period ended with the Destroyers up 37-30.
After the half-time, the Destroyers came out playing on another level as the Connectors were unable to handle their defense.
The score at the end of the third quarter was 64-34 as the Destroyers held the lead. They outscored the Connectors 27-4.
The fourth quarter was controlled by the Destroyers, like the third quarter, as they coasted to a 82-42 victory.