Timberwolves earn final spot in GSSSA championships

All four finals are now set in Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) basketball as the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves senior girls eliminated the C.V. Bethel Stingrays yesterday. They won, 39-29, to lock up a spot in the finals net week.

Action took place at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.

The Timberwolves had two players in double figures as Erin Williams finished with a game-high 15 points and Laverne Armbrister finished with 13 points.

Williams did most of her damage in the first quarter as she was able to score in the post at will. She scored eight points in that quarter, and the Timberwolves ended the first quarter up, 8-5.

“I came in here with the determination that we were not going to lose – we had to get this,” Williams said. “This is my first year and I want to win. We came and executed. We looked over our mistakes from the last game and we fixed them. We executed more than we did yesterday,” she added referring to their game two loss.

The Timberwolves turned up their offensive and defensive intensity in the second quarter. On the offensive side, Ashante Strachan scored six points, and at the end of the half the Timberwolves had an eight-point lead, 18-10.

The win came one day after the Stingrays came back and evened the series at a game apiece.

Armbrister did most of her damage in the second half. She scored five points in the third quarter and six points in the fourth to help lead her team to victory.

“We were more vibrant at the time,” Armbrister said about her team’s second and third quarter performance.

The Timberwolves’ captain continued: “We had more energy. We got a little tired, but we still fought our way and pushed through.”

In the fourth quarter, the Stingrays made a push as T’Sasha Cooper brought her team to within four points after she collected an offensive rebound and made a layup. The Timberwolves led 33-29 with 1.35 remaining in the game.

That was the closest the Stingrays got as Strachan and Williams willed their team to a 39-29 win.

“It feels good. I was doubtful at first, coming back from an injury, but with the determination and courage that we have, we hung in there and we can continue to move forward,” Williams said.

With the win, the Timberwolves will move on to the finals to play the C.I. Gibson Lady Rattlers in a best-of-three championship series.

In the senior boys championship, there will be a rematch of last year’s finals as the pennant winners C.I Gibson Rattlers hope to flip the script on the defending champions Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins.

Both teams swept their competitors in the playoffs this year to set up the rematch.

The Mystic Marlins who are also the reigning Hugh Campbell Basketball Champions lost to the Rattlers in the regular season – their only loss this season.

In the junior boys division, the pennant-winning D.W. Davis Royals continued their undefeated streak for a fifth year, marching into the junior boys’ championship series. They will go up against a hungry Timberwolves team who will look to upset them.

It will be a rematch of last year’s finals in the junior girls division as the defending champions and pennant winners T.A. Thompson Scorpions will look to make it two straight. They will be up against the H.O Nash Lions team who will be looking to take back the crown.

All four championship series will get underway on Tuesday February 11. The junior girls will get the respective game ones underway at 4 p.m. at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road.

The senior boys game will be televised live on REV TV channel 212 starting at 8 p.m.

Jump Line – All four championship series will get underway on Tuesday at Loyola Hall

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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