Galaxy Ladies made the right adjustments in crucial moments to beat Fire Service 34-24 in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women’s Division in the fifth week of the 2016 season. The win sets the team up perfectly for June 9 showdown against unbeaten side Air Force.
Holding onto a slim 8-7 lead after the first quarter, Galaxy made the right adjustment to contain Fire Service’ altered tactic where starting Point Guard Carlyn Naa Adjei played off the ball in a Shooting Guard role; Ball handling duties was taken over by Nora Asamoah.
Malike Ayishatu hit a beautiful runner and Center Harriet Hayford benefited for an uncontested jumper after a good sequence of passing around the arc midway through the first quarter. Galaxy’s lead increased to three points in the second half but a strong early third quarter burst slowed Fire’s offense.
Karine Quanum and Joana Annanel made consecutive three point shots which gave Galaxy a 24-14 lead before things got worse for Fire as Center Nafisa Iddrisu checked out of the game unable to shake off an illness.
Her absence made life easy for Galaxy big Hayford who exploited Fire’s undersized interior players to close out the game. The win was Galaxy’s second in three games in the 2016 season and will play a yet to be defeated Air Force side who looked in imperious form against Reformers of Prisons.