1st & 2nd Year Basketball Teams All Qualify for Semi-Finals.
This week was a busy one for the 1st and 2nd year basketball players at Our Lady’s College, as the leagues wrap up and top-four spots are the main priority. On Tuesday the 2nd Year B division 2 team,made the journey to Sutton to take on Santa Sabina. This was a must win for the girls, as they had lost one match in their campaign and needed to secure 2nd position in their side of the draw to be sure of a semi-final place. Captain, Rebecca Tully led by example from the start, scoring from the tip-off and hitting another 8 points in the first quarter. Her side led 15-0 at the break. The next five were not so prolific in the scoring stakes but did manage to keep Santa Sabina scoreless again in this half. Neda Totilaite was the only scorer for the Boynesiders. Stephanie Obisan and Lily Mae Harmon also got on the score sheet in the second half as the side ran out easy winners, beating the home side 27-4. This win ensures them a place in the semi-finals,after mid-term break.
TEAM& SCORES: Captain, Rebecca Tully 14; Grace Awe 1; Caitlin Duffy; Molly Durnin; Keelin Foley 4; Lily Mae Harmon 4; Alma Harrak; Teigan Kavanagh; Stephanie Obisan 2; Katie Ryan; Neda Totilaite 2 and Grace Woods.
On Thursday the 1st Year A, division 2,side and the 2nd Year A, premier division teams travelled to Rathmines, to take on St. Louis, High School. The 1st years got the ball rolling and Joy Mooney wasted no time in showing her teams intent as she opened their account. Further scores from Katie Dawson, and the prolific scoring, Jessica Carron, left the side 10-4 up at the 1st break. The next five players also impressed, as they too scored 10 points, with Heather Breen and Leah Brodigan combining well. The lead was still with the Boynesiders, 20-7 going into the second half. The 3rd quarter was a much closer affair as the teams traded baskets, with St. Louis scoring 10 points in this half, and restricting Our Lady’s to 8. However, this was as good as it got from the Rathmines team, as they were held scoreless in the final quarter and the victory went to the visitors,37 – 17. Jessica Carron, once again, top scoring with 14 points, with Heather Breen hitting her season high on 8 points. The win leaves this team sitting on top of their side of the league, as they now await semi-final opposition.
TEAM& SCORES: Heather Breen 8; Leah Brodigan 6; Jessica Carron 14; Katie Dawson 2; Molly Dixon; Emily Fitzpatrick; Armela Hotaj; Liana Karkle; Erin Kearney 3; Katie McDermott; Sophie McNally; Kiera McWilliams; Joy Mooney 2; Clodagh O’Connor; Sheila Whyte 2 and Eabha Woods.
The 2nd year, Premier division game was next,and this was a slow burner. 2-1 to the visitors at the break, Subomi Dele the successful contributor. The 2nd quarter was more competitive, Cliona McKernan making the difference under both boards. The lead was with the ‘College’ at the halftime break, 13-7. Their defense in the second half was superb, holding Louis scoreless in the 3rd and only allowing them a single basket in the 4th. Nicole Tully was in sparkling form in this half and finished as her teams’ top scorer on 8 points. A second victory for Our Lady’s on the day, winning 30-9. Having dropped just one match in the league campaign, this win now leaves the team in 2nd position for theupcoming top-fours.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Niamh Burke 3; Uyi Aghavbere 2; Subomi Dele 4; Loveth Edonwande 5; Ella Flanagan; Sarah Jane Hughes 1; Amelia Lawrence 2; Ellen McCarthy; Kate McGuigan; Cliona McKernan 5; Nicole Tully 8 and Jowita Wyka.
The last game of the week was on Friday and it was the turn of the 1st Year B team to travel, as they headed to Cabra to take on St. Dominic’s. A win for this side, would also leave them sitting at the top of their section in the division 2 league. There was a few nervous minutes at the start as both teams missed lay-ups and rebounds. However, Jessica Carr settled the ship and with Sadhbh Clinton also adding a score, they led 4-0 at the break. A single point separated the score in the 2nd period, leaving the score at 7-4, in the Boynesiders favor. Persistent fouling by St. Dominic’s put the‘College’ on the line and allowed Aine Marron to get herself on the scoreboard. Sarah McGrath was not to be left out as she had some nice shots from the floor, and the side finished as winners, 14-6 at the final whistle. Not only does this win leave them on top of the league, more importantly it means they will not meet the 1st Year A team in the semi-finals.Hopefully, we can keep this meeting until the final in March.
TEAM& SCORES: QueenAgunloye; Leisha Archbold; Jessica Carr 6; Sadhbh Clinton 5; Katie Connolly; Emma Farrell (injured); Jessica Hevey; Evie Kirwan (injured); Deimena Makauskaite; Aine Marron 1; Sarah McGrath 2; Kuhle Mdlalo and Casey Nugent.