2nd Years Bring Home Basketball Silver Ware

Junior A SSA Champions 2018

Last Thursday two basketball teams from Our Lady’s College headed to the National Basketball Arena, to contest two titles in the Secondary Schools Association finals.  The first bus with the two teams left at 8am while the supporters bus left at 9am.  The 2nd year Junior A team would contest the Premier Division final, against Maryfield College, from Drumcondra.  Captain, Ellie Riggs led from the front as she scored her sides first basket.   Point guard Ciara NicCríosta added the next 5 points to leave the team 7 – 2 up at the first break.  Abby Rice dominated the scoring in quarter two, hitting 5 of her sides 8 points.  Despite being down 6 – 15, Maryfield battled on and outscored the Boynesiders in the 3rd quarter.  The team got back into their rhythm in the 4th quarter and with Loveth Edomwande running in some nice lay-ups the team had their strongest quarter in the final.  The final scoreboard read 32 – 17 as the final whistle went and they picked up their first trophy to become premier division, SSA Champions 2018.  After medal presentation and the winners’ trophy firmly in the hands of Captain, Ellie Riggs, the Most Valuable Player in the final was announced as Ciara NicCríosta.  Coach Denise Rice says this award was not only deserved for her efforts in this final but for a truly outstanding season as the team’s top scorer.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ellie Riggs 4; Ava Briscoe 3; Nikola Busa; Loveth Edomwande 6; Zoe Gardiner; Dannan Jackson 2; Gretta McEvoy; Ciara NicCríosta 10; Kaylin Nugent; Josephine Ogbanga; Abby Rice 7; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt. Assistant Coach: Lynn Victory.

After the excitement died down and supporters were back sitting again, the 2nd Year Junior B team had a final to contest.  They would take on St. Mary’s, Glasnevin in the Division 1 decider.  A poor start saw the ‘College’ girls 0 – 8 down, with St. Mary’s Club player dominating as she stole the ball at the half way line 4 times in a row.  The side were 4 – 12 down at the break.  The next five players to take to the court, were tenacious in defence and kept Glasnevin scoreless, however, they spurned easy lay-ups and only managed to score a single point.  By their standards this team never got going on the day, and although they outscored St. Mary’s in the remaining two quarters, they lost out on the day 14 – 21.  Katie McCabe was their main contributor with 11 points.  This was a great achievement for this team, as they won Division 2, as first years last year, and made this final having stepped up to the higher division.

TEAMS & SCORES: Captain, Keelin O’Reilly 2; Benita Assoua; Alice Bermingham; Subomi Dele; Carla Grennan; Caoimhe Kearney; Erin Lane 1; Zoe Lennon; Katie McCabe 11; Kate McGuigan; Joy Njekwe and Lois O’Hare. Assistant Coach: Sarah Murphy.


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