Prendergast leads team to U16 Basketball Final
With the 1st and 2nd year leagues now in full swing, the U16, division 1 team still had one match to play, which just happened to be a semi-final. The team travelled to ALSAA Sports Complex for the neutral venue. Maryfield College from Drumcondra were their opponents. An explosive first quarter, with Ava Prendergast contributing 11 points, saw the Boynesiders lead 13 – 0 at the first break. The momentum swung with Maryfield in the second quarter, scoring 10 points and limiting Our Lady’s to just a single basket. Maryfield reduced the deficit in the third quarter to 3 points, with only Lynn Victory and Oyin Adelegan scoring. Prendergast started the 4th quarter as she had done in the 1st, scoring two quick baskets after the restart. Oyin Adelegan seemed to get her wind in this quarter and after a superb defensive rebound drove the length of the floor to score an uncontested basket, something she was to repeat twice more before the final whistle. Ava & Oyin scoring 12 points between them in this quarter, while keeping Maryfield to 4 points. The difference was 11 as the time ran out, 31 – 20, and they will contest the U16 Division 1 final on Monday 19th February 2018. This is a third final in a row for most of these players, an amazing achievement. Ava Prendergast hitting a season high of 17 points on the day.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Catherine Grey; Oyin Adelegan 8; Leah Bastianelli; Shona Bradley; Eimear Clarke; Eimear Faulkner; Holly Garry; Bronagh Lane; Ruby Matthews 2; Ofu Obhakhan; Ava Prendergast 17; Maia Savage 2 and Lynn Victory 4.
The 2nd year Junior A team were at home on Monday when Maynooth Post Primary travelled for the premier league match. Ciara NicCriosta was their only scorer on 4 points, and they trailed 4 – 9 at the break. The 2nd five players on the floor had a much better start and the home side led 19 – 11. Nic Criosta again dominated in the second half, with Zoe Gardiner improving with each game. Maynooth battled away and outscored the home side 4 – 11 in the final quarter, but Our Lady’s hung on for the win, 33 – 28.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ellie Riggs; Ava Briscoe 2; Nikola Busa 4; Loveth Edomwande 5; Zoe Gardiner 4; Dannan Jackson; Gretta McEvoy 4; Ciara NicCriosta 12; Kaylin Nugent; Josephine Ogbanga; Abby Rice 2; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt.
On Friday, St. Mary’s, Baldoyle visited the College with two teams. The Junior C team were first out and a 0 – 6 1st quarter did not help their cause. However, and excellent 2nd quarter left a single point separating the sides at the half time. Both point guards, Rebecca McGrane and Emily Farrell were outstanding and led their team to their 2nd successive win, 22 – 16.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Emily Farrell 8; Olamide Adegoke (dropped); Ava Carolan (injured); Ciara Coombes 3; Ellen Donnelly 2; Niamh Gumba 4; Dijanan Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 5; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh; Gemma O’Toole and Sharon Popoola.
The 1st year, Minor A’s then took on Baldoyle in what was a very one-sided affair. The home side led 12 – 1; 18 – 1 and 30 – 1 going into the last quarter. Niamh Byrne was outstanding in both quarters she took to the floor, scoring a total of 8 points. This was an excellent team performance with 9 players adding to the scoring tally of 32 points, Baldoyle only managing to score 3.
TEAM& SCORES: Uyi Aghavbere; Sarah Blake; Niamh Byrne 8; Jenna Carolan 2; Caitlin Duffy (absent); Molly Durnin 2; Ella Flanagan 2; Lily Mae Harmon; Sarah Jane Hughes 4; Aoife O’Rourke; Katie Ryan; Neda Tatilaite 4; Nicole Tully 2; Rebecca Tully 4 and Grace Woods 4.