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U16B Team 2019-20

The U19, Premier division side had two matches this week as they were on catch up having been away on Work Experience the previous week.  Their first one on Tuesday was away to Maynooth Post Primary. An early start saw the bus leave the college at 8.30am.  Despite the journey they were quickest out of the blocks and had outscored Maynooth 15 to 4 at the break.  Ciara NicCríosta and Ava Prendergast scoring 9 points between them.  Captain, Oyin Adelegan worked tirelessly on their main post player, keeping her from the boards at both ends of the floor.  14 points in this quarter left the score at 29-7.  Maynooth had no answer on the day and the visitors ran out winners, 57-21.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Oyin Adelegan 5; Ava Briscoe 6; Nikola Busa (injured); Zoe Gardiner (not available); Gretta McEvoy 2; Ciara NicCríosta 15; Ava Prendergast 14; Abby Rice 7; Ellie Riggs 6; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt 2.

Their second match was on Thursday at home to St. Mary’s, Glasnevin and was a different ‘kettle of fish’.  The squad only had 7 players available and had to be very disciplined in defence as a result.  A good display in the first quarter gave them a 12-5 lead, and a half time lead of 20 points to 11.  Ava Prendergast particularly impressive in this quarter.  A poor third, with lay-ups and free-throws missed, Glasnevin outscored their opponents 9 to 3.  The gap was at 3 points for most of the final quarter, but the ‘College’ girls held their nerve and scored some crucial baskets in the final 2 minutes to hold onto the win, 36-28.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Oyin Adelegan 5; Ava Briscoe 6; Nikola Busa (injured); Zoe Gardiner (not available); Gretta McEvoy; Ciara NicCríosta 8; Ava Prendergast 15; Abby Rice 2; Ellie Riggs; Ava Russell (not available) and Abby Strutt (not available).

St. Mary’s also travelled with their U16, division 2 team.  This was their A side as they only have one team playing in the U16 leagues, leaving them playing Our Lady’s B team.  From tip off the imbalance between the two sides was evident.  The home side found themselves 7-12 down at the 1st break and 8-20 down by half.  The team plugged away but were not up to the standard of their opponents and suffered their first loss, 13-43.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Uyi Aghavbere 1; Success Agbonifo; Grace Awe; Molly Durnin; Lily Mae Harmon 3; Alma Harrak 3; Teigan Kavanagh; Stephanie Obisan; Desiree Ofodile; Gabriella Orackova; Katie Ryan 1 and Grace Woods 5.