Hard court wins for Kestrels U-16 girls and St Josephs U-16 and U-18 boys
U-16 GIRLS DIVISION 2
Kenmare Kestrels 28 KCYMS 16
AFTER getting off to a very slow start, 9-0 down, the Kenmare Kestrels girls fought brilliantly at the end of the first quarter with three baskets by Clodagh Quinlan and another basket by Emma Rice, to end it 9-7 to KCYMS.
In the 2nd quarter, again KCYMS had the upper hand with their tall post players beating us under the boards and baskets by Leah Moriarty but with 2no. baskets by Orla Randles, the quarter ended 13 - 10 to KCYMS.
Kenmare went into the 2nd half fighting hard, they began to crawl back into the game and claim it as their own. Kenmare scored 10 points in the 3rd quarter compared to KCYMS's 3no. points, baskets by Roisin Lehane, Clodagh Quinlan, Orla Randles and Chloe O'Shea gave the Kestrels their first lead in the game, ending the 3rd quarter 16 - 20 to Kenmare.
Unbelievably Kenmare didn't allow KCYMS to score at all in the fourth quarter, further baskets by Clodagh Quinlan, Chloe O'Shea and Alannah Harrington helped in a great defence by Sinead O'Sullivan, Anna Linnell and Maria Randles.
BOYS U-16 DIVISION 2
St. Josephs 62 Glenbeigh Falcons 60
ST. Josephs travelled to Glenbeigh on Sunday morning hoping to retain their unbeaten run this season. The home team were slow to settle and allowed St. Josephs to power into a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Conor Horgan for St. Josephs hit the ground running in this first quarter scoring 11 points. For Glenbeigh, D Griffin was keeping his team in the game by hitting 9 of his team's 17 points. This game looked over at half time with St. Josephs holding a commanding lead of 35 points to 17 at half time.
Glenbeigh hadn't given up on the game and it was definitely a game of two halves. Glenbeigh outscored St. Josephs in the third quarter 24 to 18.
The fourth quarter was a very tight affair with heart stopping end to end stuff by both teams. Glenbeigh were in foul trouble in the fourth quarter and this kept St. Josephs in the game. There was nothing to separate these two teams and the game was level on 55 points apiece on the final whistle.
Over-time was no different with no more than one point separating the two teams at any time. Unfortunately for Glenbeigh S. Teahan was the only player to secure points in the period of extra time scoring all of Glenbeigh's 5 points whereas four different players for St. Josephs scored in the extra time period, Conor Horgan, Thomas Sexton, Sean Scanlon and Conor Horan.
St. Josephs greater fire power proved the difference in the end and they were eventual winners on a score line of 62-60.
Top scorers for St. Josephs Connor Horan 24 Thomas Sexton 19 and Conor Horgan 16. Best for Glenbeigh were D. Griffin 21, S. Teahan 19 and M. Kennedy 10.
BOYS U-18 DIVISION 2 PLATE
St. Josephs 63 Gneeveguilla 45
THIS was the second outing of the day for some of the St. Josephs panel and they looked in trouble in the first quarter of this plate game played in Athea on Sunday last when the visitors got off to a flying start and raced into a 16 points to 9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
St. Josephs made some defensive changes in the second quarter in an attempt to limit the influence of Padraig O'Sullivan to proceedings as he was a constant threat to St. Josephs. With the Gneeveguilla main scoring threat somewhat curtailed St. Josephs began to find their form and outscored their opponents 14-6 in the second quarter. St. Josephs lead by the smallest of margins at the interval on a scoreline of 23-22. Carraig McNulty exploded into life in the third quarter contributing 8 points and the Gneeveguilla defence could not contend with his height and agility.
Liam Brett of St. Josephs had his best performance of the season for St. Josephs in this game and scored 10 points in the final quarter. Thomas Sexton and Conor Horan turned in their second great performances of the day as they had already played an under 16 game in the morning which went to extra time. St. Josephs ran out comfortable winners in the end and now progress to the final of this competition.
The final scoreline of 63 to 45 was somewhat flattering for St. Josephs as this game was very tight until the final quarter.
Best for St. Josephs were Carraig McNulty 22, Liam Brett 16 and Thomas Sexton 10
Gneeveguilla's top scorers were Padraig O'Sullivan 20, Eoin O'Leary 8 and Chris Collins 6.