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gap proves too much for teresian

The Teresian School from Donnybrook showed their battling qualities at the Naomh Olaf's gym in yesterday's Under 16B Girls' Cup tie.

Coached by Des Fitzgerald, Teresian, although playing catch up from early in the first quarter, were always within shooting distance of their opponents with Grace Mullin their driving force on the day.

The lively number eight, although taking a knock to shoulder early on, was able to recover sufficiently to make a welcome return to the court and contributed a handsome 11 points on the day.

But there was no looking beyond the contribution of Niamh Moriarty, whose eight points in the first quarter laid the foundations for victory.

Allanah Whelan also made an important lay-up with Moriarty closing out the quarter with two from the free-throw line to leave the visitors 13-8 up at the end of that period.

The arrival of Lillian Farrell was to steady the Teresian ship and she picked out Katie O'Dwyer with a nice pass to reduce the gap to five points.

But with Mar Bartrina going tight on Mullin, Teresian were forced back a lot of the time. However, some determined driving from Rachel Jameson did yield two frees approaching half-time.


And while Whelan was to extend the Ballybunion lead to double figures with 40 seconds to go, O'Dwyer was to pop in a basket from the left-hand side to hand Teresian a timely boost at the break, which finished 24-16 in Ballybunion's favour.

A basket from Sarah McMahon saw Teresian make further inroads shortly after the restart, only for Moriarty to counter straight away at the other end.

A intercept under her own basket from Bartrina saw Ballybunion break quickly with Moriarty finishing off a fine counter-attacking move.

Moriarty continued her assault on the Teresian basket as Ballybunion extended their lead to 15 points but back-to-back baskets from Katie Magee was to breathe new life into the Teresian challenge heading into the final quarter, 33-24 to Ballybunion.

And then after a one-point free from Holly Madigan, a terrific move saw Emily Applegreen break down the right before offloading to Farrell who dropped in a terrific basket.

But despite an additional basket from Mullen, which reduced the arrears to four points, Teresians just couldn't quite close the gap with baskets from Cooke and Moriarty ultimately breaking the back of Teresian's brave resistance.

The Teresians School: Grace Mullin (11 pts), Lilly Farrell, Emily McCaul, Holly Madigan, Nicoletta Borza, Rachel Jameson (6pts), Emily Applegreen, Katie O'Dwyer, Sarah McMahon (6 pts), Katie Magee, Emma Holmes

St Joseph's Ballybunion : Rachel Mulvihill, Saoirse O'Carroll (7pts), Allanah Whelan, Renee Cooke, Aoife Dillon, Saidbh Mahon, Mar Batrina, Niamh Moriarty (22 pts), Shauna O'Rourke