Inspired Thornton leads St Vincent's to glory
Edel Thornton starred as St Vincent's eased past Colaiste an Phiarsaigh to claim the U-19 'A' Girls All-Ireland Cup in an all-Cork affair at the National Stadium, Tallaght yesterday.
St Vincent's hit the front early on, with Thornton at the heart of some fine attacking play. Colaiste also had plenty of problems keeping Sarah Morrissey quiet as she scored two excellent three-pointers.
Colaiste, to their credit, did battle back to level, with Aimee Ni Fhaolian sparking what turned out to be a short-lived comeback.
Tempers frayed on the bench as both coaches were warned about their conduct but Thornton scored an impressive 25 points in the third quarter that allowed her school to claim a comfortable 79-56 win.
In the U-16 'A' Girls final, Crescent College Comprehensive emerged victorious (35-34) against Presentation SS Waterford.
Having trailed early on, an excellent fightback was complete by Crescent on the stroke of half-time as Niamh Fenton's basket put her side into a 21-20 lead at the break.
Both sides continued to exchange scores in a frenetic third quarter. Crescent again showed tremendous character to overturn a four-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter as Jenny Morrison and Fenton continued their blistering attacking display to seal victory.
In the U-16 'A' Boys final, Calasanctius College claimed a deserved win against their Galway neighbours St Joseph's College.
Once Calasanctius found their range in the second quarter they took a firm grip of proceedings. Eoin Rochall's 19 points saw him pick up the MVP award and it was his free scoring that allowed Calasanctius to pull away.
Leading by 29-18 at half time, the gap soon increased to 22 points as Rochall and Mark Hughes scored baskets in a 58-36 win.
Meanwhile, a brilliant third quarter from St Joseph's, Drogheda saw them come back against St Andrew's, Dublin in the U-16 'B' Boys decider.
Trailing by six points at half time, St Joseph's MVP Robert Sullivan scored 18 points and six rebounds to give his side a five-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
St Andrew's went all-out attack midway through the final quarter but a well-drilled St Joseph's side hit them repeatedly on the counter to run out 47-33 winners.