Lady Bucks on Saturday bagged their first victory in the 2022 Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Women’s Premier League after seeing off Kenyatta University Oryx 56-41 at Magadi Primary School in Manyatta, Kisumu.
Sharon Atieno put up a Player of the Match performance, dropping 16 points and eight assists to lead the Kisumu outfit to glory in the match they dominated from the start in the scorching sun of Lake City.
Lady Bucks got off to a dominant 15-10 first-quarter lead where they dominated the paint with layups and jump shots as Atieno who was hot from the three-point line commanded the game with perfect ball-handling skills.
In the second quarter, the university students responded big but could not build on a sustainable gap and despite taking a 16-15 lead, Lady Bucks led 30-26 at the breather.
In the finals half, Lady Bucks won the game in the third quarter as Juliet Omollo, Stephanie Tongoi and Jackline Atieno joined in on the scoring for a big 14-4 win to open a 14-point gap with one quarter left.
In the final quarter, Lady Bucks won 12-11 to seal their first win of the season.
Lady Bucks head coach Dave Michael said they can play even better if the County Government of Kisumu can open the renovated Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports ground which has been dormant for almost two years now.
“I am happy for the girls for putting in much work. We played our best basketball for the first time this season and we can only get better.”
“However to do that, we need the county to open up the Jaramogi Sportsground for us to have a training ground. We can’t play well without training and as a self-sponsored club it is costly even to host league matches,” said Michael.
Lady Bucks currently lack a training ground and have to part with Sh5000 every day they host a Premier League match as charges fee to pay for a basketball court within Kisumu.