2 Out of 3 Finals Not Bad for 2nd Year Basketball Teams

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Last Monday two 2nd year Basketball teams travelled to the neutral venue of ALSAA Sports Complex at Dublin Airport to contest their respective semi-finals.  Both teams had qualified in early February and after a considerable time delay, were anxious to get back on court again.  First up was the Junior A team who were taking on Santa Sabina from Sutton in the Premier Division semi. Our Lady’s were first out of the blocks with the ever-improving Ava Briscoe scoring the first 4 points. They led 14 – 9 as they passed the baton over to the next 5 players for quarter two.  Loveth Edomwande was on point guard duty and her speed and agility could not be matched by Santa Sabina.  7 points separated the sides going into the 2nd half.  The side ran their offences well which paid off with some nice baskets, Zoe Gardiner picking herself up some excellent baskets along with Abby Strutt.  Santa Sabina couldn’t match the Boynesiders and with Ciara NicCriosta, scoring 15 points on the day, the side ran out winners, 38 – 25, to reach their first final.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ellie Riggs; Ava Briscoe 10; Nikola Busa 4; Loveth Edomwande; Zoe Gardiner 3; Dannan Jackson; Gretta McEvoy 2; Ciara NicCriosta 15; Kaylin Nugent; Josephine Ogbanga; Abby Rice; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt 4.

Watching and waiting in the wings was the Division 1, Junior B team.  Their opposition on the day was Dominican College, Griffith Avenue in Drumcondra.  The free scoring Katie McCabe was once again in flying form and scored all 6 points for her side in quarter one.  Dominican got the upper hand in the 2nd quarter, with Erin Lane the only scorer for Our Lady’s.  A single basket separated the sides going into the second half.  Zoe Lennon got them the start they needed, and they never looked back after that.  Benita Assoua was superb under the defensive boards with Joy Njekwe picking up some nice baskets under the offensive boards.  The final score of 24 – 9, sees them into their 2nd final in 2 years, having won division 2 this time last year.

TEAMS & SCORES: Captain, Keelin O’Reilly; Benita Assoua 1; Alice Bermingham; Carla Grennan; Caoimhe Kearney; Erin Lane 4; Zoe Lennon 3; Katie McCabe 12; Kate McGuigan; Joy Njekwe 4 and Lois O’Hare.

On Thursday it was the turn of the 2nd Year, division 2, Junior C team to play in their semi-final.  The school again travelled to ALSAA as the neutral venue and their opposition was Holy Faith, Killester’s A team.  A previous encounter had not gone well for the ‘College’ girls, but they had improved so much since then and they were very optimistic.  However, they had the worst start possible and found themselves 0 – 9 down at quarter one end and 1 – 15 down by half time.  They did rally in the second half thanks to scores from Captain, Emily Farrell and Olamide Adegoke.  It was a bridge too far and they lost out 7 – 22 in the end.  This team can be very proud of their achievements this season, as 7 of the 10 players are only in their first year of playing basketball.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Emily Farrell 4; Olamide Adegoke 1; Ciara Coombes; Ellen Donnelly; Niamh Gumba; Dijanan Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 1; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh; Gemma O’Toole and Sharon Popoola 1.

Finals will take place this Thursday 22nd March in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Premier final tip-off 10.20am : Our Lady’s College A V Maryfield College ; Division 1 final tip-off 11.20am : Our Lady’s College B V St. Mary’s, Glasnevin. ALL SUPPORT WELCOME.