Sunshine Girls lacked concentration - coach

By October 08, 2018

Despite watching Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls pull off a comprehensive 21-point win over the Calypso Girls on Sunday night at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica’s assistant coach Winston Nevers believes the team were poor in the first half of the match.

Jamaica defeated Trinidad and Tobago 61-40 in the first of the two-match series that concludes on Tuesday night at the same venue. However, while the margin of victory was significant, Nevers feels that the home team failed to live up to expectations in the first two quarters.

“I told the players I was not pleased with the performance because at half-time the score was very close. In the first quarter, the score was very close. We were leading them 14-12. In the second quarter, the score wasn’t that far either (31-23). The third quarter was the quarter that we won 18-5. The performance wasn’t good at all. The performance in the first two quarters wasn’t good,” Nevers told SportsMax.TV on Monday.

He blamed poor levels of concentration for the poor first quarter as well as the introduction of Latonya Wilson from Gaynstead High School who was making her international debut at wing defence.

“It was a little bit shaky. Not to say that we weren’t in charge but when you are in charge you need to take it away instead of being in charge and be there with them. When the score is so close they think they have a chance,” he said.

“The concentration in the first two quarters I don’t think it was up to par. The decision making, the coordination, these are some of the areas we need to work on.”

Nevers said nerves might have got the better of the 18-year-old Wilson early on.

“I had a talk with her before the game and she said she was a little bit jittery in the stomach and assured her that that is natural to feel that way. She handled it but not how we expected it go but for a first outing, she did well.”

Nevers explained that the coaching staff would be using the series to try different combinations that will help the team become more seasoned as they prepare for the World Cup in Liverpool, England next summer.

As such, more players would be brought into the rotation for the second match on Tuesday.  Jodiann Ward and Danielle Johnson, he said are expected to make their debuts then.

“We had 14 players and we want to play all 14, so two players who were left out last night, those are going to come in for tomorrow evening (Tuesday). So they will come in for the match,” he said.


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