Team Tom McCarthy’s suffered a loss on the road at the weekend when their opponents, Maree, proved to be by far the stronger side.
By Liz Galwey, PRO
The Castleisland side had expected it to be a game which would challenge them as the Galway team has some high profile players and the Kerry side was missing some key players on the day in Deirdre Geaney and Aoife Nolan.
Aoife has recently had ankle surgery and is expected to be out for some time.
Spread of Scores
A spread of scores from Maree saw them take the first quarter 29 points to 11. Team Tom McCarthy’s Denise Dunlea hit two threes and scores came in from Lorraine Scanlon and Cliona Coffey but the accuracy of Maree in this opening quarter set them up for the remainder of the game.
More Evenly Matched
The second period was more evenly matched and St. Mary’s stepped up their performance hitting 10 points to their opponents 12.
The third and fourth quarters were no different. Maree had the edge but by just five points in each of the quarters however the Castleisland girls never managed to close that gap created in the opening 10 minutes.
A Really Tough Game
“It was a really tough game for us,” said Coach, Liam Culloty in response.
“Maree started great and shot extremely well, we battled hard throughout the game and had some good runs but Maree always had that cushion from the opening quarter.
“We will take lessons away from the defeat and as we have no game until November 10th.
“We will work hard in training over the next few weeks to improve.
Three of our first four games are away so in a way that’s good as it shows us the standard we need to reach against the best teams at this level,” he said.
The coach also noted some positives from the game and pointed out the contributions from the young players like Sarah O’Sullivan, Orla White and Labhaoise Walmsley.
Final Score: Maree 80. Team Tom McCarthy’s 50.
Team Tom McCarthy’s: Lorraine Scanlon 13, Denise Dunlea 13 and Roisín Casey 7.
Maree: Claire Rockall 20, Dayna Finn 13 and Alison Blayney 10
Team Tom McCarthy’s next game is on November 10th when they are away to Limerick Celtics.
Test your Knowledge with St. Mary’s
St. Mary’s Basketball Club will hold a fundraising pub quiz on Friday November 2nd.
The quiz will take place in Tom McCarthy’s Bar and teams of three, four or five are invited to take part in what promises to be a fun evening.
Cost of entry is just €5 per person and proceeds will go to St. Mary’s Team Tom McCarthy’s National League ladies team.
The quiz will commence at 8pm.
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