Drama as 1st Year Basketball Team Record First Win

Before the Christmas break really hit home, there was still more basketball action to be had at Our Lady’s College.  The U16, Cadette B and the 2nd Year Junior A teams travelled to Sutton to take on Santa Sabina.  The U16’s was first out on court.  Rachel Matthews and Niamh Burke were off the mark early and their side led 6 – 1 at the break and 14 – 4 by half time.  Ava Scanlon was playing great defence under her own boards with several clean checks, denying Sabina clear lay-ups.  At the final whistle they were ahead 27 – 10.

This win has earned the team a place in the quarter finals and they will play away to St. Mary’s, Glasnevin after the Christmas break.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Niamh Burke 8; Stacey Canny 4; Martyna Chomiak 2; Aisling Doran; Chantelle Gallagher 6; Rachel Matthews 4; Sarah Murphy (unavailable); Kate Russell; Ava Scanlon 3; Hannah Woods and Rachel Woods (unavailable).

The 2nd Year Junior A team, playing in the Premier division, wasted no time in putting some distance between them and their opponents, leading 10 -2 at quarter one and 20 – 4 by the half time interval, Ciara NicCriosta and Abby Rice starring in each quarter.  Santa Sabina improved a little in the second half but had no answer to Loveth Edomwandes speed and Our Lady’s recorded a second victory on the day, 38 – 19.

TEAM & SCORES: Captain, Ellie Riggs 2; Ava Briscoe 6; Nikola Busa; Loveth Edomwande 7; Zoe Gardiner; Dannan Jackson; Greta McEvoy 2; Ciara NicCriosta 15; Kaylin Nugent; Josephine Ogbanga; Abby Rice 6; Ava Russell and Abby Strutt (absent).

The following day, Mt. Sackville made the journey Boyneside from Chapelizod, with two teams.  The 2nd year, Junior B, division 1 side bounced into action first.  A poor first half saw the side miss all shots from the floor but one, and fail to take open lay-ups. Miraculously, they only trailed 6 – 12, Captain, Keelin O’Reilly keeping them in touching distance.  This was a game of two halves, as the home side started to play the running basketball game they do so well.  Zoe Lennon was dogged in defence and Katie McCabe started to hit the lay-ups on the fast break.  A 9 – 0 score line in this quarter gave them a 3-point lead going into the final quarter.  They were not to be stopped and with Benita Assoua and Joy Njekwe taking care of the defensive boards they home side hit another 12 points in this quarter.  The final score, 27 – 14 in their favour.

TEAMS & SCORES: Captain, Keelin O’Reilly 5; Benita Assoua 4; Alice Bermingham; Carla Grennan; Caoimhe Kearney; Erin Lane 1; Zoe Lennon; Katie McCabe 12; Kate McGuigan (absent); Joy Njekwe 5 and Lois O’Hare.

The last game of 2017 fell to the 1st Year, Minor B team.  During the warm-up, Coach Denise Rice queried the visitors as to whether they were playing with ‘Club’ players, as it was quite evident there was some.  The Coach admitted he had one and a further two who were no longer playing with a club. As this is division 2 NO ‘club’ players are allowed.  Coach Rice agreed to play the game as a challenge, but the points would go to Our Lady’s.  The home side led 10 – 7 at the end of quarter one.  Subomi Dele flourishing in her new role as point guard and hitting 6 points.  However, with the introduction of the ‘club’ players Mt. Sackville went on to score 16 points in the 2nd quarter and a further 22 points in the 3rd quarter (16 points alone by their ‘club’ player).  The home side was comprehensively beaten 26 – 47, and it was pointed out this is why the 2nd division is for non-club players.  The ‘College’ side were quite upset during the game as they could just not cope with the level of skill of Mt. Sackville.  They were a little happier when the situation was explained to them and that the win in fact was theirs.  Later that afternoon it was confirmed that Mt. Sackville have been disqualified from the league and at best will be allowed into the 1st Year Premier division.

TEAM & SCORES: Grace Awe; Subomi Dele 12; Sarah Duff; Keelin Foley 5; Laura Healy; Niamh Higgins; Ava Hoey; Teigan Kavanagh; Amy Matthews; Ellen McCarthy 6; Clodagh McHugh; Cliona McKernan 2; Katie Murphy 1; Stephanie Obisan (absent) and Rosie Savage.

Before school finished it was also confirmed that the U16C and the U19B teams have qualified for quarter finals and will play St. Louis, Rathmines and St. Mary’s, Killester respectively, after the Christmas break.