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Basketball: Westbrooks has faith in future despite loss

Holy Faith U16 coach Jerome Westbrooks believes his team have the look of champions despite a "disappointing" defeat last Friday in their U16a quarter-final tournament in Waterford.

The Clontarf girls won comfortably against host team Mercy Waterford with Amy Russell leading the inside attack with 18 points.

Sarah McCaffrey controlled the team tempo while also scoring 11 points as Eleanor Matthews and Aoife Hollingsworth provided some crucial defensive pressure along with scoring eight and six points respectively.

The second game was to decide who would top the group and Holy Faith lost out by a solitary point to St Joseph's Abbeyfeale with Russell and McCaffrey again leading the scoring stakes.

Holy Faith's third game saw them go down by 14 against Mercy Skibberreen but not without a fight.

After a slow start in the first, Holy Faith picked things up in the fourth courtesy of an outside shot from their three-point specialist Hannah Moyne.



TRAILING

That left them trailing by six points with six minutes to play, but in the next defensive series Hannah Moyne fouled out with Skibberreen going to the free-throw line to score two points, and they went on to win comfortably in the end.

Irish cadette Amy Russell again led the team in scoring with 14 and provided a captain's performance throughout the day.

And Sarah McCaffrey and Eleanor Matthew's performances proved why they are two of the most promising young guards in their age group.

And Westbrooks believes that the experience will hold his team in good stead for future campaigns.

"The loss was disappointing but, as I told the girls, their first two games clearly displayed to me what many have seen in labelling them as a group that can win an All-Ireland title."



íosagáin show no Mercy to make semis

Coláiste íosagáin 54

Mercy MountHawk 28

Marie O'Toole's girls made the long trip down to Galway where they defeated Mounthawk in their crunch third game to win through to the last four.

After wins over St Paul's Oughterard and St Pat's Dungannon, the Stillorgan Road girls maintained their momentum with Eleanor Ní Dhocartaigh scoring eight points in the first quarter to propel íosagáin into a 14-7 lead.

And some good offensive rebounding matched by four points from Catriona Ní Mhurchú ensured a 26-18 lead at the interval.

Burke continued to impress inside the key, her five points keeping íosagáin in front at the end of the third, 35-26.

And the golden girls walked the fourth quarter with Cliona Mairtín hitting two big three-pointers, while fellow Irish U16 Meadhbh Ní Chléirigh also chipped in with two baskets as íosagáin booked their place in the last four.

Top Scorers -- Cliona Mairtín 16pts, Rachel Toland 11, Eleanor Ní Dhiochartaigh 10.


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