THE calendar year ended on a disappointing note for the Our Lady's College Greenhills Senior A basketball team as they suffered a 34-14 defeat away to St Mary's in Glasnevin.
Competing in the Premier Division this term, Our Lady's College have struggled at that level against the bigger Dublin teams who can call on a greater number of 'club' players. However, this has not dampened their enthusiasm and they took on their latest opponents with their usual gusto.
A positive start saw Katie Anne Holdcroft score an early basket to settle her side, but St Mary's dug in and had opened up a 10-4 lead at the first break.
While the Boynesiders defended well in the second quarter, restricting their hosts to a mere five points, they failed to score themselves, leaving the score reading 15-4 at the half-time interval.
A switch to man-to-man defense in the third period saw the Drogheda girls score nine points, thanks mainly to Holdcroft and Eimear Rooney finishing on the fast break, but alas the last quarter was also a scoreless one for the 'College' side and St Mary's ran out comfortable winners.
The Senior B side, meanwhile, are in a three-way tie for first place in their section and should hear this week about their semifinal placing.
The Under-16 teams are also waiting news of their semi-finals after both qualified from the group stage in second place.
All the semi-finals are due to take place in January. The first and second year leagues will also get under way in earnest when school resumes after the Christmas break.
OUR LADY'S COLLEGE SENIOR A
Ruth McGuinness; Emma Barry; Erica Cleary; Niamh Duffy; Katie Anne Holdcroft 6pts; Eleanor Kirwan; Aisling Molloy; Wuraola Raheem 2; Eimear Rooney 6, Emily Williams.