Published on 11 January 2012
Basketball: MSV women’s national league
by Willie Vassallo
Depiro overcame the Starlites obstacle with ease and their bench players could have a better piece of the action with most of the players ending up on the score sheet.
The points were shared at both ends with no high personal scores registered. As expected Depiro won all the four periods of play with Starlites seemingly content with their tallied up score.
An interested spectator on the Depiro bench was their new acquisition the American Vontisha Woods. Starlites recovered Marie Claire Cilia but they had Christine Spiteri Claire Scicluna and Stephanie Davis missing.
Starlites managed to net the opening hoop but then could only add a further basket for the rest of the period. In between these two Depiro put in a three basket spread and afterwards Starlites suffered another 0-7 run with the Depiro side sharing out the points.
In the second session when Depiro began to effect their substitutions Starlites were able to enhance their score but they took time although Lindsey Pirotta netted a triple. Then it was Depiro with a 7-2 run for a better advantage. Starlites had a brief spell later on but at the interval Depiro were on a 23-13 lead.
After the break Cilia put in a triple for Starlites with Depiro quickly taking command with a 10-2 run and a Francesca Bianco triple.
Marilou Cutajar obtained another hoop for starlites and until the end of the session it was Tina De Martino with personal points for Depiro as her side went 37-19 ahead. In the last period Bianco sank a second triple but the points were scarce at both ends.
Starlites recovered to reduce their deficit. Antoinette Borg made up a brace of hoops for Depiro and Starlites had free throws late in the match but Depiro were well in front by that time.
Depiro A. Mifsud, 2 G. Mifsud, 2 J. Xuereb, 4 S. Brincat, M. Scicluna, 10 F. Bianco, 10 T. De Martino, 6 A. Borg, 3 C. Sammut, 2 M. Mifsud, 5 S. Micallef, 6 S. De Martino
Starlites 4 A. Farrugia, 2 C. Riolo, A. Grixti, 2 S. Tabone, 1 S. Cutajar, 3 L. Pirotta, 1 N. Attard, 6 MC Cilia, 2 C. Scicluna, 7 M. Cutajar
Referees E. Mangani, J. Mangani