Fast start key to Sunshine Girls 55-43 win over England Roses

By October 12, 2018

A strong start was the key to the victory of the Sunshine Girls over England at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston on Thursday night.

Led by Jhanielle Fowler-Reid’s 34 goals from 35 attempts, the Sunshine Girls took command of the game from the tip-off to run out 55-43 victors over their fierce rivals from Great Britain.

Jamaica led 16-11 and extended the lead to as many as 15 before closing out the half ahead 35-21.

The home team suffered a scare in the third when Fowler-Reid was substituted after seeming to be bothered by a knee injury. However, her replacement Shantal Slater was perfect from the field going seven from seven as Jamaica stretched the lead to 46-31 at the end of the third.

Goal attacks Shanice Beckford 12 from 17 and Thristina Harwood two from three also contributed to the Jamaican victory that saw them win three games in a row following their 2-0 series win over Trinidad and Tobago earlier in the week.

Head coach Marvette Anderson revealed that the work they did preparing for the series paid off.

“We were working on how to start the game because the for the first two quarters we realized we weren’t starting as strong as we need to,” she said, “so we worked on it at training and the ladies stood up to the task, they knew what was at hand. They knew that we had to hit the ground running in order to get that lead on England. They did it and we ended up with that win.”

Anderson said they expected a rally from England for whom Helen Housby scored 27 of 35 attempts, but it wasn’t as forceful as anticipated.

“Playing Jamaica was always going to be a tough task for anybody because they don’t know what we are coming with most of the time, so I think they were caught off guard with the start and they weren’t able to come back from there,” Anderson said.

She added that she was anticipating England to come out with blood in their eyes on Saturday for the second match of the three-game series.

“Most definitely,” she said.

“I am sure they would have had videos of the game so they would have gone to do their homework to come back stronger but we expect that, so again, we are going to go for that strong start. If it doesn’t happen as we expect it to we are always up and ready to make whatever adjustments necessary for the win.”

The players are also expecting England to return with additional resolve for the second game.

“The ladies are experienced. They have been down the road before,” Anderson said.

“They know no game is a pushover for any team whether it’s an England team or a Trinidad team, we always take the approach that we are not taking anybody for granted so we are expecting that run from England but we are also ready for it.”

Eleanor Candwell scored 10 of her 14 attempts for the Roses while Kaiden Corbin four from eight and Jade Clarke two from four also scored in the losing effort.




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