The dawn of the year 2014 provides us with a moment to look back on the events of the first half of the primary school sports season.
Grandbahamasports.com recognizes the top players, coaches, and performances of the year in Grand Bahama primary school sports.
Here is a look at who and what made the cut in the girls’ basketball season.
(The school athletic season began in September, 2013)
Program of the Year: The Bartlett Hill Invaders
The Bartlett Hill Invaders invaded the East to capture their first girls’ basketball championship, defeating Lewis Yard 4-2 in overtime at The Jack Hayward gymnasium.
“This was one of the hardest games thus far, we had a good game against the top seed Mary Star to make it this far, but collectively all the girls came together in crunch time and played good defence to win by two points,” said Invader’s coach Ravanno Ferguson.
“They earned it …..They came third last year, I told them we would definitely win gold this year and they came through and won a championship.
“I’m proud of these girls…This definitely puts Bartlett Hill back on the map, the first championship for Bartlett Hill in many years. They came through in the end.”
With the score tied at 2-2, Ajanae Stubbs grabbed a missed shot by Lewis Yard and used her blazing speed to drive the length of the court to score the winning basket on a scooping lay-up with 1:13 left in the game.
“I was very scared but felt really good when the shot went in,” said Stubbs.
Stubbs scored all four points and was named MVP.
Athlete of the Year: Ajanae Stubbs, Bartlett Hill girls’ basketball
One local basketball coach admitted that he overlooked Star player Ajanae Stubbs from Bartlett Hill, when the vote for the Player of the Year was cast.
He admitted that because she is so small and plays at Bartlett Hill, he overlooked her.
Well, on the biggest stage in Primary school girls basketball, the “Littlest” one on the court came up with the biggest play to lead Bartlett Hill Invaders to their first championship after defeating Lewis Yard 4-2 in overtime at Jack Hayward gym.
Stubbs was named First Team All-Grand Bahamian.
Coach of The Year: Valentino Munnings, Lewis Yard basketball
Valentino Munnings and The Lewis Yard Eagles appeared in their first championship game and played the role of Cinderella, led by Wilcianna Toussaint, but lost in the championship game to Bartlett Hill 4-2.
“The girls worked pretty hard during the entire basketball season, they were very excited about the prospect of being one of the better teams in the league, and nobody expected that, “said Lewis Yard coach Valentino Munnings.
“Few of the girls who are moving on are teaching the younger ones how to play the game, so we will be back here next year.”
Toussaint scored two points for Lewis Yard and was named to the First team All-Grand Bahamian.
Breakout stars: Danae Malcolm, Mary Star Basketball
Guard Danae Malcolm led her team in scoring and her leadership made the Mary, Star of the Sea school the talk of the league, going undefeated at 5-0 and out-scoring their opponents 44-2 during the regular season.
Malcolm was named the Coaches’ choice for Player of the Year and named to the First team All-Grand Bahamian Team.
Best Newcomer: Wilcianna Toussaint, Lewis Yard Basketball
Wilcianna Toussaint placed Lewis Yard basketball in the conversation with her aggressive and stellar play at guard.
She has been a great shooter and great defender.
Game of the Year: Bartlett Hill vs, Lewis Yard in the girl’s championship game, November 10, 2013.
The Bartlett Hill Invaders captured their first championship after defeating Lewis Yard 4-2 in overtime on Wednesday at Jack Hayward.
With the score tied at 2-2, Stubbs grabbed a missed shot by Lewis Yard and used her blazing speed to drive the length of the court to score the winning basket on a scooping layup with 1:13 left in the game.
Toussaint scored two points for Lewis Yard.
Story of the Year: Bartlett Hill eliminates Mary Star
Last year’s runners up, The Mary Star of the Sea lady Stingrays cruised through the regular season going 5-0 and outscored their opponent 44-2 behind Player of the Year Danae Malcolm and Kendi Outten.
That was until they met Ajanae Stubbs and the Bartlett Hill Invaders who upset the perennial favourite in the semi-finals 7-4 to advance to the championship.