Successful Week for Basketball Teams
Four Basketball teams were in action this week at Our Lady’s College. The U19 and U16 leagues are now well under way, with all teams fighting hard to stay in contention for league honours.
On Monday the U19A team took on Dominican College, Griffith Avenue at home. Captain, Oyin Adelegan opened the scoring directly from the jump ball and really that set the tone for the game. The home side were 15-7 up at the 1st break and 35-9 up by the half time interval. Ava Briscoe was in tremendous form, helped by Zoe Gardiner who was running the floor well. Ava Prendergast and Gretta McEvoy kept things flowing on their introduction and Dominican struggled everywhere on the floor to compete. The final score of 70-13 reflecting their dominance on the day.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Oyin Adelegan 9; Ava Briscoe 17; Nikola Busa (injured); Zoe Gardiner 6; Gretta McEvoy 8; Ciara NicCríosta 8; Ava Prendergast 8; Abby Rice 5; Ellie Riggs 6; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt 3.
The U19C team also took on Dominican College (B) in division 2, and they were chasing their first win after two heavy defeats. They started well with Abigail Woods scoring 4 of their 6 points in the first quarter to lead 6-2 and 8-6 at the 2nd quarter end. Aisling Doran was having the game of her life as she tormented D.C. in defence and picked up some nice baskets. While this was a low scoring affair, both teams battled it out and Our Lady’s came away with their first victory, winning 17-12.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Rachel Woods (not available); Leah Bastianelli; Niamh Burke; Martyna Chomiak 2; Ellen Donnelly (not available); Aisling Doran 4; Holly Garry 2; Niamh Gumba (not available); Omnia Kharief 2; Monica Kunnathuparambil; Lois O’Hare; Ronke Olatinwo 1; Deirdre Russell and Abigail Woods 6.
On Wednesday morning the U16B team hosted St. Paul’s from Tallaght. This was St. Paul’s first year playing basketball in the league and while trying their best, were very undisciplined, with many fouls in the 1st quarter and one player fouled out. A single basket separated the teams at the half time interval, 10-8, as the ‘College’ found it hard to get to the basket due to persistent fouling. However, they settled in the third quarter with the hosts playing their own running game, scoring 22 points, while restricting the visitors to just 4. Point guards Lily Mae Harmon and Grace Woods were heroic in offense and were assisted by Katie Ryan in the scoring department. They ran out eventual winners 38-14.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Uyi Aghavbere 2; Success Agbonifo; Grace Awe 2; Molly Durnin 2; Lily Mae Harmon 13; Alma Harrak 4; Teigan Kavanagh; Stephanie Obisan; Desiree Ofodile; Gabriella Orackova; Katie Ryan 6 and Grace Woods 9.
The final game of the week also took place on Wednesday, when Maryfield College travelled Boyneside with their U19, Division 1 team. Having stepped up a division this season and playing with no club players this side is not to be underestimated. This was a tough, physical game with 43 fouls in all being recorded. The 1st quarter ended 5-4 in our favour, with Lynn Victory shooting well from the free-throw line. The introduction of Keelin O’Reilly and Benita Assoua in the 2nd quarter changed the dynamics of the game as Our Lady’s outscored Maryfield 14 points to 4. The home team were down two guards due to injury before going into the game, and the loss of point guard Katie McCabe and shooting guard Lynn Victory, due to persistent fouling, in the final quarter let the opposition back into the game slightly, as they won this quarter 7 to 3. However, the 3rd quarter had done the damage and the side held on for a very well-deserved victory, 31-23. O’Reilly top scored with 8 points.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Shona Bradley 4; Benita Assoua 2; Rachel Beirth (not available); Eimear Clarke (not available); Niamh Cullen; Caoimhe Doherty; Chantelle Gallagher 1; Catherine Grey; Katie McCabe 7; Josephine Ogbanga 5; Keelin O’Reilly 8 and Lynn Victory 4.