LADIES NATIONAL CUP
Team Tom McCarthys 86 Meteors 49
TEAM Tom McCarthys had a great win against the Dublin in the Cup at the weekend.
At the end of the first quarter the game was tight with a scoreline of 15-14 in favour of Team Tom McCarthys.
Changes were made throughout the first half by both teams with each of the substitutes showing equal strengths to the starting players. With four minutes to go in the second quarter the local women were under pressure as continuous fouling has left them with team fouls. Lorraine Scanlon held nothing back as she rebounded countless times under the board resulting in baskets for Miriam Leane and local sisters Eileen and Philomena O'Connor.
Impressive shooting by Eabhnait Scanlon and superb lay-ups by Lorraine leave the girls in the lead at half-time by a convincing margin of 42-26.
Lorraine Scanlon, Reidin O'Loughlin, Tracey Hartnett, Philomena and Eileen O'Connor took to the floor after half-time with Lorraine drawing fouls from under her own board. Plenty of fouling shown by both teams with some of the Kerry players on three fouls – Philomena O'Connor took to the bench after a hit in the midst of contesting for the ball.
There was disappointment for Mags Daly as she was fouled off the court after a brilliant performance. With an exceptional three pointer from Tracey Hartnett from the top of the key, the Kerry girls were ready to get back into the game. Meteors, who were trying to catch up throughout the whole of the third quarter, couldn't deny superb passes by Lorraine Scanlon as Eileen used the backdoor for another two points.
The Dublin team showed signs of frustration. The opposition, however, are still unable to cut out excellent passes from Miriam Leane and Karen Kelly under the board.
With seven minutes to go Denise Dunlea stepped onto the court drawing a foul, immediately scoring one basket and one free throw after the change. Great defence was shown by Eileen O'Connor and Miriam Leane as they worked together to get the ball back up the court setting up a further six points for Denise Dunlea. Team Tom McCarthys stayed composed as Karen Kelly pulled away from her defender and led the girls by a further point.
Team Tom McCarthys are a strong team with big expectations this year and an extraordinary panel. We wish them the best of luck in the league as well as the Cup.