HHS Lixnaw 54 Team Failte St. Pauls 58 (AET)
IT took one period of extra time for Team Failte St Pauls to gain victory over rivals HHS Lixnaw in the Ladies Division 1 Cup quarter-final last Wednesday night.
It was a close fought intense game with both teams fighting for every ball. Team Failte held an eight-point lead after the first quarter with scores from Doreen Bradley and Kate Donnellan. HHS Lixnaw fought hard in the second quarter, continuing their full court press, but Team Failte kept their composure and with scores from Brid O'Connor and Anne Moynihan, held a six point lead at half-time.
In the third quarter HHS Lixnaw chipped away at Team Failtes lead with scores from Kitsey Fitzgerald and Myra Kissane and forcing Team Failte to turnover the ball to leave just three points between the sides at the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter went basket for basket with HHS scoring the equaliser to send the game into extra time at 50-50.
While both teams were on foul trouble it was Team Failte who took advantage, holding possession of the ball and forcing HHS to chase them, resulting in Team Failte repeatedly going to the free-throw line. Excellent defence from Team Failte left HHS desperate for scores and with Anne Moynihan, Tracey O'Shea and Mary T. Cooper accurate from the free throw line, Team Failte came away winners 54-58.
Team Failte will play the winners of Kenmare v Cahersiveen in the semifinal of the Cup. Scorers Team Failte: Doreen Bradley 10pts, Mary T. Cooper 10pts, Anne Moynihan 9pts, Kate Donnellan 8 pts, Niamh Barton 8pts. HHS Lixnaw: Myra Kissane 14pts, Kitsey Fitzgerald 12pts