Junior Premier Basketball Team Topple League Leaders

On Tuesday St. Mary’s, Glasnevin travelled Boyneside with two teams.  The second year Junior Premier team were first out on court.  League leaders, Glasnevin were going into this game unbeaten but the home side stood up when it mattered.  A low scoring first quarter saw both sides level on 4 points each, Abby Rice and Nikola Busa the providers.  The second quarter they went a stepfurther, scoring 7 points, while keeping St. Mary’s scoreless.  However, the visitors were not giving up their unbeaten record lightly and battled back in the third to score 8 points.  The home side led 16 – 12 going into the last quarter.  Again, St. Mary’s fought back and just two points separated the sides with just 20 seconds remaining.  Ciara NicCriosta was awarded two free throws and successfully scored one to put three between the sides.  This was enough to secure the victory for Our Lady’s, 23 – 20 the final score.  Ciara NicCriosta was top scorer with 11 points.

TEAM & SCORES: Alice Bermingham (absent); Ava Briscoe 4; Nikola Busa 3; Ruby Matthews; Greta McEvoy 1; Ciara NicCriosta 11; Ava Prendergast (absent); Abby Rice 4; Ellie Riggs; Abby Strutt and Garoa Villaverde.

The Junior D, division 2 side was next to play St. Mary’s.  This side is struggling to keep players and despite their best efforts this game was one too many for them.  They lost out on a 10 – 31 margin.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Deirdre Russell 2; Anna Briscoe; Kim Greene (absent); Michaela Kelly; Omnia Kharief 4; Catherine Malone (absent); Kate Markey; 1st Years-Rebecca McGrane; Caoimhe Kearney; Carla Grennan; Dannan Jackson 2 and Ava Carolan 2.

On Friday it was the turn of the 1st Year A team, to finally play their first basketball match.  A combination of schools withdrawing before Christmas and time-tabling left this team taking to the floor very late in the season. However, it was a game worth waiting for.  St. Louis High School made the journey to the Boyneside.  The home side led 6-0 at the first break.  Benita Assoua opening her scoring account with 4 points and Keelin O’Reilly chipping in for 2 points.  St. Louis, got on the score sheet in the second quarter and matched Our Lady’s in scores.  The home side only managed a single basket in the 3rd quarter, Caoimhe Kearney the provider.  The Boynesiders took a 12 – 4 lead into the final quarter, but with some questionable refereeing the High School were allowed back into the game.  Katie McCabe and Emily Farrell settled the ship and the home side hung on for a two point victory, 16 – 14.  A tough start to their campaign but one that will stand to the side as they continue in their league campaign.

TEAM & SCORES: Benita Assoua 4; Ava Carolan 2; Ellen Donnelly; Zoe Gardiner; Emily Farrell 2; Carla Grennan; Dannan Jackson; Caoimhe Kearney 2; Erin Lane; Zoe Lennon; Katie McCabe 4; Rebecca McGrane; Joy Njekwe; Kaylin Nugent; Lois O’Hare; Keelin O’Reilly 2; Ava Russell and Niamh Skelly.