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Rocky start for Basketball Teams at Our Lady's

St. Mary’s, Killester were travelling to Drogheda to play against the U19 & U16 basketball teams before the Halloween break. The Junior fixtures came out that week, so it was decided to add their 2nd Year Junior team to the schedule rather than travel again later in the year with one team. The day kicked off with the 2nd year game. It was Our Lady’s Junior C team, with 9 of the 11 players being new to basketball this season, taking on St. Mary’s A team, in division 2. The first quarter was well contested with newcomer Ciara Coombes opening her basketball account. The quarter score 4-8 in favour of Killester. The home side outscored the visitors 4-2 in the 2nd quarter with Niamh Gumba and Gemma O’Toole also opening new accounts. However, Killester full court pressed the side in the second half and this completely unsettled this side and they failed to score. The final score 8 – 23.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Emily Farrell; Olamide Adegoke; Ava Carolan (injured); Ciara Coombes 2; Ellen Donnelly; Niamh Gumba 2; Dijanan Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 2; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh; Joy Oseni; Gemma O’Toole 2 and Sharon Popoola.

The U19, Senior B team, was next to take to the floor. Captioned by Sarah Flood the team will play in division 2. They were a little slow to start and found themselves 3 – 6 down at the end of quarter one. Niamh Killeen scorer of all 3 points. Things got worse in quarter two as they failed to score, however, on the plus side their defence was excellent as they held Killester to a single basket. With the score board reading 3 – 8, they knew they needed a good third quarter. Niamh Killeen was straight out of the blocks with two quick baskets and this fired the team up. Chelsea Imafidon was tremendous in defence forcing many turnovers and getting herself on the score sheet. The score was tied at 14 points apiece at the end of the third quarter. Switching up defences was paying off and the side stuck to their task, scoring a further 5 points in this quarter, while keeping Killester scoreless. Niamh Killeen was outstanding on the day scoring 12 points, in her teams’ 19 – 14 victory.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Sarah Flood 2; Aizzah Adil; Ayishat Agboola; Aoife Burke 2; Naoise Callan; Chelsea Imafidon 3; Niamh Killeen 12; Shauna Lynch; Tomisin Olukokun (absent) and Niamh Woods.

Last team up on the day was the U16, Cadette B side. Playing in division 2, and captained by Niamh Burke, the team had a slow start and allowed St. Mary’s to go on a run. Although opportunities presented themselves, they failed to capitalize on them. They found themselves 1 – 16 down by the half time whistle. They competed much better in the 2nd half and outscored their opponents 8 – 5 but the first half gap was just too much to bridge. The final score 9 – 21 against them.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Niamh Burke; Stacey Canny; Martyna Chomiak (absent); Aisling Doran; Chantelle Gallagher 3; Rachel Matthews 2; Sarah Murphy 2; Kate Russell; Ava Scanlon 2; Hannah Woods and Rachel Woods.

Last game in the week was the turn of the U19, Senior A side to make their season debut. As the side has one ‘club’ player they will play division 1, with Sinead Collier taking up the roll of Captain. Their first opponents in this year’s campaign was St. Dominic’s, Cabra who travelled to Drogheda for this one. Nerves got the better of the side at the start and some basic errors saw them 8 points down without reply. Emma White took over on the point position and settled the ship, and scored their opening basket. With Lindsey Eriamietor and Caroline Kelly also scoring the team were up and running and were only 3 points down at the first quarter break, 6 – 9. They raced ahead early in the 2nd quarter, Aoife Howard picking up some nice points. They led 13 – 11 at the half time interval. The teams traded baskets in the 3rd quarter the difference still the same going into the final quarter, 21 – 19. One of Dominic’s two ‘club’ players, decided to, pull out all the stops, in the final quarter and at 6’2” was unstoppable. She scored 8 of their 12 points in this quarter and they stole this one in the last 2 minutes, winning 31 – 27. The side will learn a lot from this game and with a lot of players scoring, they should have a good season in front of them.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Sinead Collier 2; Niamh Cullen (injured); Caoimhe Doherty; Lindsey Eriamietor 5; Ysabela Flores; Aoife Howard 4; Sinead Lewin (unavailable); Dearbhla Munster; Emily Murphy 2; Maria O’Donohoe 2; Laura Rice 2; Garoa Villaverde 2; Emma White 6 and Caroline Kelly 2.

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