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Mary's land league title with battling win over Our Lady's



ST MARY'S of Baldoyle kept up their proud tradition of basketball success with a fine battling performance to be crowned U19 Division 1 secondary schools champions at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

"It was a tense game but our girls kept their cool and made us proud once again and I couldn't be more proud of my squad," said St Mary's coach Chris Collins (pictured with his team).

The North Dublin School got off to a flyer with their captain Zoe Johnston lighting up the scoreboard before Carla Wickham hit excellent back-to-back scores to lead 6-0.

Our Lady's responded with a basket prior to Kate Mulligan's point from the free-throw line to give the Baldoyle school a 7-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Their opponents hit two unanswered scores to cut the deficit. However, Mulligan's accuracy extended Mary's advantage to 9-6.

Our Lady's fought back with two free throws to trail 9-8 with both sides locked in a real battle around the boards.

St Mary's upped the tempo in the third quarter and were rewarded with a six-point gain (15-9) heading into the final quarter.

The Drogheda school found their range on the back of some early pressure.

But quick counter-attacks from Mary's saw Mulligan top up her point's tally to see out the game and start the celebrations.