Tuesday 20 March 2018

Basketball: Diggins proves the difference

KELLY DIGGINS yesterday led Cork's St Angela's to All-Ireland Schools U-19 'A' glory at the National Basketball Arena, where they were too strong for Dubliners Colaiste Iosagain.

The majority of Diggins' 14 points came in the third quarter, during which the Leesiders pull away from the girls from the capital.

Coached by Neptune star Ger Noonan, St Angela's had to endure some second-quarter pressure from the Stillorgan Road outfit, with Rachael Toland de Burca and Jessica Ni Thoibin proving influential.

But their 18-16 lead was shortlived as Michelle Dilworth put down a marker, before Diggins scored 10 points on the trot. Colaiste Iosagain had no response and Diggins and Eimear Twomey sealed a 46-29 win.

On a great day for Cork, Colaiste an Phiarsaigh took the All-Ireland U-16 'A' girls crown with victory over Malahide CS.

Lesley-Ann Nic Uilcin was the star of the show, scoring 19 points in an exceptional all-round performance.

After a strong start, the Cork side's defence was on top throughout and they held their opponents scoreless in the second quarter.

Lisa Murphy tried to rally Malahide, but the tide was inexorably with An Phiarsaigh. They took an insurmountable 23-point lead into the final period and cruised to a 57-29 win.

Christ King completed an all-Cork winning enclosure as they were crowned U-16 'B' girls champions following a resounding 59-26 win over Our Lady's of Templemore.

In what was a terrific display from both players and supporters, Christ King returned home with the cup having decisively seen off the challenge of their Tipperary opponents.

The final quarter was somewhat of a procession for Christ King, the Cork side running out deserved 59-26 winners after an excellent all-round team performance.

Irish Independent

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