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Alva Keevey, of Muckross, is blocked by O'Carolan's Alicia Curtis. Picture credit: Ray Cullen.

Alva Keevey, of Muckross, is blocked by O'Carolan's Alicia Curtis. Picture credit: Ray Cullen.

Alva Keevey, of Muckross, is blocked by O'Carolan's Alicia Curtis. Picture credit: Ray Cullen.

MUCKROSS Park turned in a fine display at their home gym last Friday to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Muckross Park 59 O'Carolan College, Nobber 18

The Donnybrook school enjoys a fine sporting tradition and this week were looking forward to taking on near neighbours, Alexandra College, in a big hockey clash.

And they were boosted by their basketball side's stunning display with Irish under 16 captain Aisling McCann turning in an inspired performance.

McCann, who plays her club basketball with Templeogue, wore the green of this country in this summer's under-16 championships where they won two games. And her 16 points over the three quarters laid the foundations for a well-earned victory for Ed Randolph's team.

McCann, along with Christine Francis, both contributed handsomely in terms of baskets, but overall there was a good spread of scores on the day.

And playing an effective 3-2 zone, Muckross kept their foul count low and defended well, particularly in the third quarter when the Nobber outfit were held to just two points.

McCann's driving from the base of the court allowed her team-mates to fan out, thereby creating a number of scores throughout the four quarters.

Successive baskets from Aoife Clabby had gotten Muckross off to a good start and while Sally Keogan was to reply at the other end, Muckross began to stamp their class on the game.

McCann was very much the key figure here and having glided up court for a lay-up under the Nobber basket, she then recorded a three-point play to help her team into a 9-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

McCann continued her impressive streak on the resumption and between herself and Francis, Muckross dominated the boards.

Nonetheless, O'Carolan College, in their best spell of the game, made some scores through Keogan and Alicia Curtis but still trailed 20-10 by half time.

It was in the third quarter that Muckross closed the game out with Francis rebounding well under the Nobber outfit basket.

Michaela Mulligan also provided options up front and by the end of the third, Muckross led 36-12, with McCann on 16 points.

Muckross ran the bench for the final quarter with Jennifer Heckman and Alva Keevey steady at the back, while Laura Bennett also pitched in with two scores as the home side ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Muckross Park: Lisa O'Connor, Lisa O'Dowd, Michaela Mulligan, Pauline Lowe. Aisling McCann (16 pts), Caoimhe Heckman, Jennifer Heckman Beth O'Brien, Aoife Clabby, Laura Bennett, Christine Francis (10 pts), Carrisa Barry, Alva Keevey.

O'Carolan College: Hannah Mulvaney, Hannah Hoey, Cody McEvoy, Ketara Roglapa, Danielle Moran, Ciara Crosby, Marie Muldoon, Sally Keogan (4pts), Ellen Cassidy, Patricia Owens, Sarah Halpenny, Alicia Curtis (4pts)


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