Lynn on form as U19s grind out ‘Victory’.
With Transition Year students away on Work Experience there were fewer games in the Basketball program at the College during the week. On Monday the U19, division 1 team travelled to St. Mary’s in Killester. The court was a smaller one than they are used to, and St. Mary’s used this to their advantage. Catherine Grey scored the first two baskets before Lynn Victory got into her stride. Her speed to the basket was causing the home side a few headaches, as she also picked up 4 points in this quarter. The 1st break score 9-2 in favour of the visitors. St. Mary’s applied a full court press very effectively on their home court, and a single basket only separated the sides in this quarter. Our Lady’s were missing both their point guards, one through injury and the other on work experience, and as a result struggled with the press to get the ball into the right hands. Again, Victory stepped up and was clinical from the free throw line, punishing St. Mary’s for their fouling. A low scoring 3rd quarter, 5-4, still left the Boynesiders 10 points up. Caoimhe Doherty and Benita Assoua picked up some nice rebounds in the final quarter, assisting Lynn Victory and Catherine Grey with the scoring. This was a tough match to win and the final score of 27-16, made it look easier than it was.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Shona Bradley; Benita Assoua 4; Rachel Beirth; Eimear Clarke (inured); Niamh Cullen 2; Caoimhe Doherty 4; Chantelle Gallagher 3; Catherine Grey 6; Katie McCabe (work experience); Josephine Ogbanga; Keelin O’Reilly (work experience) and Lynn Victory 8.
On Friday, St. Dominic’s, Ballyfermot visited Drogheda, with their U16, Division 2 side. Point guard Lily Mae Harmon started as she meant to continue by scoring off the jump ball. Teigan Kavanagh was next up as she stole the ball at the half and drove to the basket. Her side led 14-2 up at the break. Their accuracy left them in the 2nd quarter, as them managed to score only 4 points, Alma Harrak and Desiree Ofodile coming to their rescue. They picked it up again in the 3rd quarter, with Grace Woods scoring some fine lay-up. Ballyfermot struggled to score and with Our Lady’s adding 10 points in this quarter and a further 12 points in the final one, they notch up another win, 40-16.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Uyi Aghavbere 6; Success Agbonifo (not available); Grace Awe 2; Molly Durnin 4; Lily Mae Harmon 8; Alma Harrak 2; Teigan Kavanagh 2; Stephanie Obisan (not available); Desiree Ofodile 3; Gabriella Orackova; Katie Ryan 4 and Grace Woods 9.