U16, Cadette C Team Qualify for Basketball Quarter Finals.
On Tuesday St. Dominic, Ballyfermot arrived Boyneside with two teams. The U16, Cadette C were playing their final league game and needed a win to be sure of a good qualification spot. They had many opportunities early on but failed to gain any advantage from their possession, and indeed Ballyfermot were first to score. Olamide Adegoke finally got them going and with Sharon Popoola also getting on the score sheet, they led 3 – 1 at the break. With both teams scoring equal points in the 2nd quarter, a single basket still separated the sides 7 – 5. However, quarter three was their best with Rebecca McGrane continuing where she left off in the 2nd quarter, with another basket. Adegoke also bagging another two baskets for herself. Aoibheann NiFhearaigh, Gemma O’Toole and Aoife Steenson were stalwarts in defence in this quarter and kept the visitors scoreless. Ballyfermot fought back in the 4th quarter and despite outscoring Our Lady’s by a basket, they hung on and got the victory they needed, winning 17 – 11. The team should qualify in second position for the quarter final draw, giving them the much-coveted home draw.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ronke Olatinwo; Olamide Adegoke 7; Martyna Chomiak; Ellen Donnelly; Niamh Gumba; Dijana Markovic 2; Rebecca McGrane 4; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh 2; Gemma O’Toole; Sharon Popoola 2 and Aoife Steenson.
The U19, Senior B team were next to play Ballyfermot, who only had 6 players. In what was a very one-sided match, as it transpired this indeed was their first ever basketball match to play. Strong performances on the day were Shona Bradley, Catherine Grey and Chantelle Gallagher. Rachel Beirth was their top scorer on 11 points, the final score reading 47 – 8.
TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Leah Bastianelli 2; Rachael Beirth 11; Shona Bradley 10; Niamh Burke 4; Aisling Doran (absent); Chantelle Gallagher 6; Holly Garry; Catherine Grey 6; Omnia Kharief 4; Ofu Obhakhan (absent); Deirdre Russell; Abigail Woods 4 and Rachel Woods (absent).