Basketball Teams Continue Winning Ways

Last week it was the turn of two more basketball teams to get their seasons underway.  Both were playing St. Louis High School, Rathmines at home in Drogheda.  The U16A team, playing in the premier division, were first out on the floor.  The first quarter was a close affair, the home side just edging out in front 16 – 13 at the break.  Captain, Loveth Edomwande was leading from the front and bagged herself 10 points in this quarter.  Edomwande got quarter two underway with another basket, as St. Louis tried to play a box-and-one on her, to no avail.  Also, running in lay-ups was Nicole Tully and the lead was extended further, 25 – 18 at the half time break.

The third quarter was their best as they outscored St. Louis, 14 points to 5.  There was no way back for the visitors at this stage, as newcomer to the team Jessica Duggan also stamped her mark on the game. The hosts ran out winners 48 – 31.  Loveth Edomwande top scoring on 23 points.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Loveth Edomwande 23; Niamh Byrne (injured); Subomi Dele 4; Jessica Duggan 7; Ella Flanagan; Keelin Foley 4; Sarah Jane Hughes; Kate McGuigan; Cliona McKernan; Neda Totilaite; Nicole Tully 6; Rebecca Tully 4 and Jowita Wyka.

Also playing on the day was the U19B, Division 1 team.  As a team, this group of players are relatively new this season, as they contain some of last years winning U19 division 2 and U16 division 2 teams.  As a result of winning division 2, they have made the step up to division one.  One draw back for them this season will be the lack of Club Players in their squad (2 are permitted in Division 1), as they are all playing on the U19A side in the Premier Division.  Captained by Shona Bradley, the side are looking forward to the challenge the season will bring.  They got off to a great start, with Catherine Grey opening their account and with Lynn Victory very accurate from the free-throw line, they led 14 – 6 at the break.  A slower 2nd quarter by both teams, didn’t do much to change the score difference.  Chantelle Gallagher assisting Grey with the scoring.  Rachel Beirth was causing St. Louis problems with her tenacious defence while also picking her team up some vital baskets.  Despite St. Louis Club player scoring 12 points, her team lost out 39 – 16, to a strong performing team on the day.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Shona Bradley 4; Rachel Beirth 6; Eimear Clarke 2; Niamh Cullen; Caoimhe Doherty 2; Chantelle Gallagher 3; Catherine Grey 10; Katie McCabe 2; Josephine Ogbanga 3; Keelin O’Reilly 4 and Lynn Victory 3.