Agony and Ecstasy for Basketball Teams

Minor A Team 2017-18

Another busy week for the Basketball players at Our Lady’s College saw some play their first game in their league campaign and some play their last.

Monday the Junior B team continued their unbeaten run in Division 1. They took on Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, in what turned out to be a one-sided affair.  A 17 – 0 lead at the end of quarter one set the tone, with Katie McCabe scoring 14 in the quarter.  Big performances from Caoimhe Kearney and Benita Assoua assisted the team in their 45 – 13 victory.

TEAMS & SCORES: Captain, Keelin O’Reilly; Benita Assoua 8; Alice Bermingham; Carla Grennan; Caoimhe Kearney 8; Erin Lane 3; Zoe Lennon; Katie McCabe 22; Kate McGuigan (absent); Joy Njekwe 2 and Lois O’Hare 2.

On Tuesday the U19, Senior B team travelled to Donneycarney to play St. Mary’s, Killester in a Division 2 quarter final. The team struggled with the small court and failed to score in the 1st half and left themselves 13 points down.  They played much better in the 2nd half but time was against them and they exited this years’ league on a 10 – 26 defeat.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Sarah Flood 2; Aizzah Adil; Ayishat Agboola; Aoife Burke; Naoise Callan 2; Chelsea Imafidon 2; Niamh Killeen 4; Shauna Lynch and Niamh Woods.

On Wednesday the U16, Cadette B side travelled back to Glasnevin to replay their division 2 quarter final, which was abandoned the previous week due to no lights.  Unfortunately, the lights definitely went out for the team as they too exited their league campaign on a heavy defeat to St. Mary’s, 18 – 45.  Chantelle Gallagher was their top scorer on 9 points.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Niamh Burke 2; Stacey Canny 2; Martyna Chomiak; Aisling Doran 2; Chantelle Gallagher 9; Rachel Matthews; Sarah Murphy; Kate Russell; Ava Scanlon; Hannah Woods 3 and Rachel Woods.

On Friday Santa Sabina travelled from Sutton with 2 teams.  The first to play was the 2nd year Junior C team. Most of this team are new to basketball this season and are still chasing their first win.  They had a tremendous start and were 8 – 0 up at first break.  Sharon Popoola and Rebecca McGrane both scoring 4 points each.  The sides traded baskets in the 2nd and 4th quarters, but the home sides domination in quarter 3, earned them their first victory, 24 – 10. Dijanan Markovic deserves a mention for her performance on the day.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Emily Farrell 4; Olamide Adegoke 3; Ava Carolan (injured); Ciara Coombes; Ellen Donnelly; Niamh Gumba 3; Dijanan Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 8; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh; Gemma O’Toole and Sharon Popoola 6.

Last team out was the 1st year Minor A team.  This was their first match in their league campaign and they were very excited having waited so long to play.  Quarter one was a slow start, both sides scoring a single basket, Grace Woods the provider for the ‘College’.  The 2nd five players in quarter two got a better start and scored 6 points, while keeping Sabina to two points.  Nicole Tully, Uyi Aghavbere and Sarah Blake the providers.  The home side put daylight between themselves and the visitors in quarter three, Niamh Byrne particularly strong under the boards.  The side recorded their first win on a score line of 22 – 6, much to their delight.

TEAM& SCORES: Uyi Aghavbere 2; Sarah Blake 2; Niamh Byrne 4; Jenna Carolan; Caitlin Duffy; Molly Durnin; Ella Flanagan; Lily Mae Harmon; Sarah Jane Hughes 1; Aoife O’Rourke; Katie Ryan (absent); Neda Tatilaite 2; Nicole Tully 5; Rebecca Tully 4 and Grace Woods 2.