The Invincible Eleven female basketball team had a tough day on Sunday against defending champion Commissioners (f).
I.E. girls were looking to repeat what their male counterparts did a day before, avenging a defeat from the earlier phase.
I.E. (f) is composed of veterans mixed with middle school players. Patricia Sleyon and Kimberlyn Robinson have been in the basketball circle since the inception of the Liberian civil war. They have made their marks and left prints in the female division winning numerous titles and awards. Past teams they played with include the defunct Aries Girls.
Angel Buckle started playing in the female division in her high school days in 2010. She met some of her current teammates already active in the same league.
Definitely this matchup is like handing over the torch from the old schools to the new schools!
I.E. had great offense in the first two quarters. Matching Commissioners girls bucket for bucket. The fans were into it, with the younger fans cheering for the much younger Commissioner team with an average age of 21, while the older fans in attendance cheered their colleagues from I.E.
Mirelle Nhe of I.E. put up big numbers with 17 PTS, 15REB. But her solo effort was not enough.
Commissioners took over after the half time break and it seemed as if fatigue or loss of concentration had taken a toll on the Yellow Girls.
Rose Emmanuel, the import from Nigeria, led all scorers with 31 PTS. Michelle Nyanneh had another brilliant game controlling the boards. She scored 21 PTS to go along with a monster night on the boards. She pulled down twenty-four rebounds!!!
Korpo Sumo also had 12 points and other teammates contributed in their blowout win.
Commissioners look all set to retain their fete of last season if other teams don’t step up.
Information reaching Liberiabasketball.net indicates the Invincible Eleven is expecting two female imports from neighboring Guinea who are expected anytime soon.
Mr. Hubbert, President of the Commissioners Sports Association of which the current female champion is under states he will vehemently resist the coming of the import. Citing league rules he said, “No team is allowed to field a player who does not play in the first phase of the league. If I.E. bring any new player we will not accept and will withdraw from the league.”
What do you think of Mr. Hubbert’s assertion? Let us know.