It was straight back into action for the basketball teams at Our Lady’s College when returning from Spring break. The Junior A team (2nd years), playing in the Premier Division and the Junior B team, playing in Division 1 had qualified for semi-finals before the break. The Junior C team, playing in Division 2 and the 1st Year Minor A team, also Division 2, were hoping to follow these two teams by winning their quarter finals.
On Thursday, the Junior C team travelled to Drumcondra to take on Maryfield College B. The first quarter was slow, but the Boynesiders were 4 points to 0 up at the break. Captain, Rachel Matthews leading by example. Maryfield opened their account in the 2nd quarter, hitting some nice free throws and netting themselves 5 points. Our Lady’s finished the first half 12 – 5. A lapse in the third quarter saw the visitors fail to score. They got going again in the final quarter, with Kate Russell flourishing in her new role as a post player. There was a lot of missed opportunities in this match and the final score of 19 – 7 flatters the ‘College’. It was a hard-earned win and a deserved place in the Division 2 semi-final.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Rachel Matthews 4; Niamh Burke (absent); Stacey Canny 1; Aisling Doran (absent); Kellie Grendon; Jennifer Hickey 2; Orlaith Kearney (absent); Lucy McGloin 2; Aisling Myles 2; Kate Russell 4; Ava Scanlon 2; Eimear Winters (injured) and Hannah Woods 2.
Friday was the turn of the 1st Year Minor A team to continue their good form and earn themselves a place in their semi-final. Their opposition, St. Dominic’s, made the journey to Drogheda from Ballyfermot. Nerves were not evident in the first quarter as the home side cruised into a 12 – 2 lead. Ellen Donnelly opened their account with Keelin O’Reilly closing it with a superb rebound. Things never improved for St. Dominic’s as Our Lady’s showed their dominance in this one. Point guards Dannan Jackson and Katie McCabe shining. However, it was the strong performance of Keelin O’Reilly under both boards who deserved their most valuable player, scoring herself 8 points. The final score 26 – 2. They, quite deservedly, heading to the semi-finals with the other three teams.
TEAM & SCORES: Benita Assoua 2; Ava Carolan; Ellen Donnelly 2; Zoe Gardiner; Emily Farrell; Carla Grennan; Dannan Jackson 4; Caoimhe Kearney; Erin Lane 4; Zoe Lennon; Katie McCabe 4; Rebecca McGrane (absent); Joy Njekwe 2; Kaylin Nugent; Lois O’Hare; Keelin O’Reilly 8; Ava Russell and Niamh Skelly.
All semis to be played by Friday 10th March. The Junior Premier (11.30am) & Junior A (10.30am) teams will play their semis on Friday 10th, in ALSAA Sports Complex. Their opponents are Mt. Sackville and St. Paul’s, Tallaght, respectively.
Draws for other two have yet to be made and arranged.