2nd Year Basketball Teams Contest All 3 Semi-Finals

Last Monday the 1st year Minor A team were playing in their 1st quarter final.  The game was due to be played on the previous Thursday but was postponed due to the snow and with time restraints it had to be played on the Monday.  They travelled to Drumcondra to take on Maryfield College.  Unfortunately, the team had their worst game of the league campaign, failing to score in the first three quarters.  Their defence was solid and as a result only went into the final quarter 0 – 10 points down.  Nicole Tully eventually got the Boynesiders onto the score sheet and further scores from Neda Totatilite and Sara Jane Hughes gave the team something to fight for.  They played the last 3 minutes like they played the rest of the season, but in the end, time was not their friend and as the clock ran out they lost 12 – 18.  A tremendous come back, but a very disappointed team, as they knew they had left this one behind them.

TEAM& SCORES: Uyi Aghavbere; Sarah Blake; Niamh Byrne; Jenna Carolan; Caitlin Duffy 2; Molly Durnin; Ella Flanagan; Lily Mae Harmon; Sarah Jane Hughes 2; Aoife O’Rourke; Katie Ryan; Neda Totilaite 2; Nicole Tully 6; Rebecca Tully and Grace Woods.

The next day it was the turn of the 2nd year Junior C, division 2 team to play their quarter final. St. Dominic’s, Ballyfermot travelled to the College and both sides were not giving up a place in the semi-final easy.  At quarter one end, the home side were 6 – 8 down, point guard Rebecca McGrane scoring 4 for her side.  The second five players to the floor in quarter two were spectacular. Not only was their defence superb in keeping Ballyfermot scoreless, they scored a further 6 points, Olamide Adegoke scoring 4 points.  The 3rd quarter was a similar affair with teams trading baskets.  The visitors went into the final quarter 17 – 14 down.  A nervous 7 minutes followed as Dominic’s scored the next 3 points without reply to level the game.  Sharon Popoola was fouled on her way to the basket and converted one of the two free throws, giving her team a one-point lead.  Again, St. Dominic’s fought back scoring a fine basket to take back the lead.  30 seconds remained on the game clock when Olamide Adegoke once again stepped up and scored the biggest basket of her short career.  Ballyfermot had pocession for the remainder of the game but failed to get the ball over the half way line, so intense was the home defence.  A superb one-point victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat, as they won 20 – 19.  This team now join the Junior A team whom play in the Premier division semi final and the Junior B team who contest the Division 1 semi-final.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Emily Farrell 2; Olamide Adegoke 6; Ciara Coombes 2; Ellen Donnelly; Niamh Gumba; Dijanan Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 5; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh 2; Gemma O’Toole and Sharon Popoola 3.