Ciara Casey powers St Marys to victory over Bobcats in Under-18 Division 1 Cup final
Cahersiveen win Girls U-18 Division 2 Plate final while Vixens claim the Division 3 Plate title
U-18 GIRLS DIVISION 1 CUP FINAL
St Marys 55
TK Bobcats 45
This was another hard fought contest with St Marys always ahead by enough to see off the determined challenged of Bobcats. St Marys were 25-16 clear at half time with Ciara Casey and Amy Curtin scoring well while Emily O’Donoghue drained a three just on the buzzer at the end of the second quarter.
Rachel Creedon was outstanding for Bobcats as was Anna and Kate Collins but an early third quarter three from Ciara Casey followed by a good basket from Seana Wilkinson that sent St Marys well clear with Hazel Burke dominating the boards. Rachel Creedon and Roisín Rahilly never stopped trying for Bobcats but St Marys deserved their win.
St Marys: Ciara Casey 21
Bobcats: Rachel Creedon 15
U-18 GIRLS DIVISION 2 PLATE FINAL
Ballybunion Wildcats 42
This was always going to be a win for Cahersiveen who were slow into their stride but once they got going Ballybunion with just six players found the going tough despite battling all the way to the finish.
Cahersiveen led 19- 10 at the end of the first quarter with Sarah Murphy, Clara Daly and Siun Fitzgerald all on the score sheet while Kayleigh Sheehy and Kayleigh Elbell were keeping Wildcats in touch.
The second saw Cahersiveen increase their lead thanks to some good baskets from Clara Daly, Clodagh Dwyer, Siun Fitzgerald and Aoife Looney but Aisling Hennessy, and the Kayleigh’s battled hard for scores but Cahersiveen were now moving out of sight leading 42-26 at half time.
Cahersiveen assumed complete control in the third quarter and outscored Wildcats 16-6 with Amy Quirke dominating at both ends and scoring freely along with Lauren Curran and Siun Fitzgerald. Wildcats never gave up and just lost the final quarter 16-10 with Abigail O’Neill shooting a three for Wildcats and Saoirse Mulvihill also getting two fine baskets. But Cahersiveen were worthy winners despite the never say idea attitude of Ballybunion.
Cahersiveen: Amy Quirke 19, Siun Fitzgerald 18, Sarah Murphy 10
Ballybunion Wildcats: Kayleigh Sheehy 14, Kayleigh Elbell 10
U-18 GIRLS DIVISION 3 PLATE FINAL
TK Vixens 53
St Annes 48
TK Vixens deservedly took the honours in this competitive U-18 Girls Division 3 Plate despite a slow start against St Annes. The Farranfore girls were quick off the blocks moving 7-0 clear in the opening minutes thanks to 4 points from Doireann O’Shea and three points for Orna O’Leary. TK Vixens responded with a three point play from Rebecca Collins and a basket each from Clodagh Scanlon and Ella O’Connor levelled the contest. The sides traded baskets as Vixens led 15-12 at the end of the opening quarter.
Baskets from Katie Byrne, Ella O’Connor and a three from Rebecca Collins saw Vixens move 10 clear but Michaela O’Meara drained a three and followed with a quick two as St Annes closed the gap but Rebecca Collins shot a three to give Vixens a 33-25 half time lead.
Ella O’Connor was shooting well for Vixens but St Annes were not going away and seven unanswered points saw the third quarter end 44-38 to Vixens. An early Collins three-pointer made it a 9 point game but St Annes rallied with baskets from Claire McCarthy, Orna O’Leary and Doireann O’Shea but Rebecca Collins with five points down the stretch ensured Vixens would win 53-48 after a good contest.
TK Vixens: Rebecca Collins 19, Ella O’Connor 14
St Annes: Claire McCarthy 12, Doireann O’Shea 11