Successful Start for 1st Year Debutant Basketballers.
Last week at Our Lady’s College saw the start of the 1st and 2nd year basketball leagues. On Monday two teams from Santa Sabina in Sutton made the trip Boyneside. The first match was the debut of the 1st Year B basketball team. They are playing in division 2, and having been selected in early October, were eager to show off their skills on the court. Excitement and anticipation got the better of the first five on the court, and despite numerous chances they only managed a single basket. Santa Sabina matched their basket and it was a very close 2 – 2 at the end of the 1st quarter. The introduction of a different five players to the court in the 2nd quarter livened up the game. Leisha Archbold was first to score but it was the offensive power of Sadhbh Clinton that did the damage. Sadhbh stole the ball on many occasions and picked herself up 6 points. Some nice defence by Queen Agunloye and Kuhle Mdlalo kept Sabina to just 4 points. They led 12 – 6 going into the 2nd half. The players back on the court for this quarter settled in this time and they too scored a further 10 points. The introduction of Evie Kirwan in this quarter was the difference as she was clinical in her finishing and was top scorer for her team on 8 points. The team did not let Sabina back into the game and they won this one 26 – 9.
TEAM & SCORES: Queen Agunloye; Leisha Archbold 6: Jessica Carr 2; Sadhbh Clinton 6; Katie Connolly; Emma Farrell; Jessica Hevey; Evie Kirwan 8; Deimena Makauskaite; Aine Marron; Sarah McGrath 2; Kuhle Mdlalo & Casey Nugent.
Next up was the turn of the 2nd Year A team. This team are playing in the Premier Division, as they have several ‘Club’ players. Despite scoring from the tip-off the team struggled to settle into the game and missed some easy opportunities under their basket. They trailed 6 – 8 at the end of quarter one. However, the mandatory change of players in the next quarter suited the Boynesiders best. Cliona McKernan was unstoppable under both boards, scoring 6 of her teams 10 points and proving she deserves her place on this squad. They had flipped the score board and led 14 – 12 at the break. They continued this run in the second half. Loveth Edonwande settled and showed off the tremendous skills she has, ending up with a game high 19 points. At the final whistle they led 39 – 16 and recorded their first victory.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Niamh Burke (absent); Uyi Aghavbere; Subomi Dele 2; Loveth Edonwande 19; Ella Flanagan 2; Sarah Jane Hughes; Amelia Lawrence; Ellen McCarthy 2; Kate McGuigan; Cliona McKernan 8; Nicole Tully 4 and Jowita Wyka 2.
On Thursday the 1st Year B team had to do it all again, as Maryfield College, from Drumcondra were visiting with two teams. Jessica Carr was first out of the blocks and scored all her teams points in the first quarter. The lead a minimal 2 points, 4 – 2 starting quarter 2. The change of players seemed to suit both teams, as the pace of the game was increased. Deimena Makauskaite got herself on the scoreboard, much to her delight and was also doing damage in defence along with Queen Agunloye. Our Lady’s leading 19 – 10 at the half time interval. It seemed everyone got tired in the second half, and baskets became few and far between. However, it was Maryfield College who were the stronger in this half as they applied a full court press and outscored the home side 8 points to 5. Sadhbh Clinton was the only scorer for the home side in the 4th quarter, but it was enough for them to hold onto the lead, and record their 2nd victory in the week, winning 24 – 18.
TEAM & SCORES: Queen Agunloye 4; Leisha Archbold: Jessica Carr 4; Sadhbh Clinton 9; Katie Connolly; Emma Farrell; Jessica Hevey; Evie Kirwan 2; Deimena Makauskaite 2; Aine Marron 1; Sarah McGrath 2; Kuhle Mdlalo & Casey Nugent.
Last team out was the 2nd Year B’s. This team narrowly lost their first game out and had a point to prove. In what turned out to be a very one-sided affair as Maryfield failed to step up to the plate. The home side led 15 – 0 at break one and 25 – 0 by the half time interval. Both point guards were outstanding, Lily Mae Harmon scoring 10 points, but it was Rebecca Tully’s’ performance that stole the show. Captaining this side, she led by example and from the front, finishing on a game & career high of 20 points. Newcomer to basketball, Desiree Ofodile deserves a mention for her defensive work along with Alma Harrack who both contributed 4 points each.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Rebecca Tully 20; Grace Awe 6; Molly Durin; Keelin Foley; Lily Mae Harmon 10; Alma Harrak 4; Teigan Kavanagh 4; Stephanie Obisan 3; Desiree Ofodile 4; Katie Ryan; Neda Totilaite 2 and Grace Woods 6.