FOUR BECOME TWO AS BASKETBALL TEAMS CLASH IN SEMI-FINALS
It was a busy week at Our Lady’s College leading up to the Christmas break. Not only was there Winter Wonderland and Carol Service but also the small matter of two very important basketball semi-finals to be played. In the U16, division 2 our B team had been drawn against our C team and a similar fate befell the U19 teams.
There was an air of anticipation but nervousness on the day as none of the four teams were relishing the thought of playing each other. These teams train together twice a week and aside from being familiar with each other are also good friends. The U16 teams played first and with point guard, Katie McCabe injured, Erin Lane started and wasted no opportunity in showing why she should make the starting five in the final, scoring 6 points in the first quarter. The B side up 22 – 0 at the first break. The C team struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and missed opportunities came back to haunt them. Caoimhe Kearney from the B team was in sparkling form, scoring a game high 14 points as she tried to match Erin Lane, who just tipped her for top scorer on 15 points. The final score a resounding victory for the B side, 57 – 7. They will now play in the Finals at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght on Thursday 17th January 2019.
U16C TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ronke Olatinwo 2; Olamide Adegoke; Martyna Chomiak; Ellen Donnelly 1; Niamh Gumba 2; Dijana Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 1; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh; Gemma O’Toole; Sharon Popoola 1 and Aoife Steenson. Coach: Abigail Woods.
U16B TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Benita Assoua 6; Alice Bermingham 2; Carla Grennan 4; Caoimhe Kearney 14; Bronagh Lane 7; Erin Lane 15; Katie McCabe (injured); Joy Njekwe 2; Kaylin Nugent; Lois O’Hare 2 and Keelin O’Reilly 5. Coach Niamh Burke.
In the U19, division 2 league the A side finished unbeaten in Section A and the B team finished 2nd in Section B resulting in they too meeting in a semi-final. It took a few minutes for this one to warm up but by quarter one end the A side led 10 – 4, with Oyin Adelegan scoring 6. They plugged away at the score board, notching up another 8 points in the 2nd quarter, finishing 18 – 9 up at the half time interval. The B side got more opportunities in the 3rd, with Catherine Grey once again leading the charge. However, they could not bridge the gap, and the final score of 34 points to 16, saw the A side also heading to the N.B.A. in January.
U19A TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Aoife Howard 2; Oyin Adelegan 8; Eimear Clarke 2; Niamh Cullen; Caoimhe Doherty; Lindsey Eriamietor 10; Chelsea Imafidon 2; Sinead Lewin 2; Laura Rice 2; Lynn Victory 4 and Garoa Villaverde 2. Coach Sinead Collier.
U19 BTEAM & SCORES: Captain, Leah Bastianelli; Rachael Beirth 2; Shona Bradley; Niamh Burke; Aisling Doran; Chantelle Gallagher 3; Holly Garry 2; Catherine Grey 4; Omnia Kharief 1; Deirdre Russell 2; Abigail Woods 2 and Rachel Woods. Coaches: Sarah Flood and Isabella Flores.
Coach Denise Rice sat out for these matches and would like to thank TY’s Abigail Woods and Niamh Burke for coaching the U16 teams and to last years 6th years for returning to coach the U19 teams, Sinead Collier, Sarah Megan Flood and Isabella Flores.