1st Year Basketballers Make Impression At First Outing

It was a very busy week for the basketball players and coach at Our Lady’s College.  A seven-game schedule in four days saw mostteams take to the court.  In the mix was the 1st Year Minor B side who made their first appearance on the basketball court in a competitive game, and showed great promise.

On Monday Mercy College, Coolock travelled to Drogheda with two teams. First on court was the 2nd Year Junior C team.  This team is improving with every game and this one was no exception. Although losing out 10 – 13 it went down to the wire with Mercy pulling away in the last two minutes.  Rebecca McGrane was outstanding on the ball with Niamh Gumba impressing under the boards.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Emily Farrell 2; Olamide Adegoke; Ava Carolan (injured); Ciara Coombes 2; Ellen Donnelly; Niamh Gumba 2; Dijanan Markovic; Rebecca McGrane 4; Aoibheann NiFhearaigh; Gemma O’Toole and Sharon Popoola.

Next out on the court was the Senior U19A team who desperately need a win under their belt.  Mercy had two very strong club players whom we failed to deal with early on and the side were 4 – 10 down at the first break.  However, a better second quarter, with Ysabela Flores coming into her own, saw the home side lead 15 – 13 at the half time interval.  It was level going into the final quarter, Lindsey Eriamietor was outstanding under both boards.  With both sides scoring 12 points each in the final quarter it was all square at the final whistle, 34 – 34.  Both sides were on team foul penalties, so it came down to a free throw shoot out with Our Lady’s missing 7 free-throws, and losing out 38 – 39.  The loss of Eriamietor in this quarter did not help their cause.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Sinead Collier 2; Niamh Cullen (injured); Caoimhe Doherty; Lindsey Eriamietor 13; Ysabela Flores 13; Aoife Howard 3; Sinead Lewin; Dearbhla Munster; Emily Murphy 3; Maria O’Donohoe 4; Laura Rice; Garoa Villaverde; Emma White (absent) and Caroline Kelly.

On Tuesday, St. Mary’s, Glasnevin made the journey Boyneside with two teams. This time it was the turn of the U16 A and U16 Cadette C teams to compete.  The division 1 side were first out and looking to maintain their 100% winning record.  Club player, Ava Prendergast’s has been a solid influence on this team from the point guard position, and this game was no different.  Glasnevin also had two club players who dominated for them, and a single basket separated the sides at break one 7 – 5 in favour of the home team.  Captain, Catherine Grey was their only scorer in quarter two and the side found themselves 9 -12 down at the half time interval.  Quarter three was interesting to say the least as one of Glasnevin’s Club players got herself disqualified for several technical fouls.  This left them with 5 players as they had travelled with only 6.  The lead was back with the ‘College’, 17 – 15 going into the final quarter.  The home side were not firing on all cylinders in this game and they struggled to make simple scores.  The visitors were down to 4 players in this quarter, which seemed to spur them on as they continued to cause problems.  However, a final basket by Oyin Adelegan saw the team steal the win from the jaws of defeat, 23 – 21.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Catherine Grey 4; Oyin Adelegan 6; Leah Bastianelli; Shona Bradley; Eimear Clarke; Eimear Faulkner; Holly Garry; Bronagh Lane 2; Ruby Matthews; Ofu Obhakhan; Ava Prendergast 10; Maia Savage and Lynn Victory 1.

The U16C, division 2 side was next out on the floor.  St. Mary’s had a very strong side at this level and the home side were 2 – 27 down by the half time interval.  However, they rallied in the 3rd quarter and outscored St. Mary’s 16 – 4 in the third quarter, Erin Floyd particularly strong over the floor.  However, it was a bridge too far and they lost this one, 24 – 49.

TEAM: Captain, Jennifer Hickey; Aoife Burke; Erin Floyd; Kellie Grendon; Omnia Kharief; Catherine Malone; Kate Markey; Janet Olagbaju; Ronke Olatinwo and Deirdre Russell.

On Wednesday it was debautante time for both the 2nd Year, Junior A and the 1st Year, Minor B sides to take to the court.  They made the trip to Drumcondra to take on Maryfield College.  The Junior B side were first to play.  This team has 9 club players and therefore play in the Premier division.  It was a slow start for both squads, but the visitor had a marginal lead 4 – 2, courtesy of Captain, Ellie Riggs, and newcomer this year, Josephine Ogbanga.  The 2nd quarter players extended their lead, thanks to Nikola Busa, Abby Rice, and Ava Briscoe.  Ciara NicCriosta was on top form in the 3rd quarter scoring 9 of her teams 11 points in this quarter.  Maryfield had no reply and Our Lady’s ran out winners 29 – 18.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ellie Riggs 2; Ava Briscoe 6; Nikola Busa 4; Loveth Edomwande 2; Zoe Gardiner; Dannan Jackson; Greta McEvoy; Ciara NicCriosta 9; Kaylin Nugent; Josephine Ogbanga 2; Abby Rice 4; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt.

Having watched the preceding match, the 1st year Minor B team were waiting to take to the floor with a lot of nerves.  This was a first match for both schools and it took them a while to get their feet.  Ellen McCarthy was first to score for Our Lady’s.  In the 2ndquarter it was the turn of Subomi Dele and Keelin Foley to get themselves onto the score sheet.  The teams traded baskets, but Maryfield’s A team were just a bit luckier on the day with scores and won this one 16 – 10.  A bright and successful season is forecast for this team.

TEAM & SCORES: Grace Awe (unavailable); Subomi Dele 2; Sarah Duff; Keelin Foley 2; Laura Healy (unavailable); Niamh Higgins; Ava Hoey; Teigan Kavanagh; Amy Matthews; Ellen McCarthy 4; Clodagh McHugh; Cliona McKernan 2; Katie Murphy; Stephanie Obisan and Rosie Savage.

Game 7 of the week was away to Dominican College in Drumcondra.  It was the Senior U19B teams last game of their league campaign and a victory would almost definitely secure them a quarter final spot.   The team failed to score in the first quarter despite some open opportunities but were only 4 – 6 down at half time.  The third quarter was their strongest and they led 11 – 8 going into the last quarter.  Dominican fought back and with less than one minute remaining the match was tied at 11 points apiece.  A shot by Naoise Callan went straight through hoop and the victory was theirs, 13 – 11.  A hard fought but well-deserved victory.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Sarah Flood 2; Aizzah Adil; Ayishat Agboola; Aoife Burke 2; Naoise Callan 2; Chelsea Imafidon 3; Niamh Killeen 4; Shauna Lynch and Niamh Woods.