Too Late for Team Tom’s to Close the Gap

Denise Dunlea (left) and Lorraine Scanlon were Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s leading scorers with 12 and 24 points respectively.

Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s suffered a loss to Limerick Celtics last evening.

By Liz Galwey, PRO

The Castleisland side led by a point at the end of the first quarter. Team captain Lorraine Scanlon netted 11 of the 16 points scored but a poor second period saw them trail by 11 at the interval.

Celtics Steals

Celtics made some steals in that second quarter and despite their best efforts St. Mary’s struggled to score and hit just one basket from play, this came from Roisín Casey.

The remaining six points came from the free throw line while as expected Frannie Frazier was largely responsible for the Limerick sides 20 points for the quarter.

Team Tom McCarthy’s performed well in the third quarter with Denise Dunlea stepping up to the mark and they had a great closing ten minutes to narrow the gap to five points but time was not on their side.

Mistakes Made

Coach Liam Culloty acknowledged that his squad did make some mistakes but says that they will take the positives from the game.

“We did make some mistakes but we battled well, it was a game we could have won and we did get close in the second half.”

“We’re looking forward to next weekend’s home game against Phoenix Rockets. They have, probably, one of the best imports in the league but we have a very strong cohort of Irish players.”

Final score in Saturday’s game: Limerick Celtics 64. Team Tom McCarthy’s 59.

Scores for Both Teams

Top scorers: Limerick Celtics: Frannie Frazier 31, Taylor Williams 16

St. Mary’s: Lorraine Scanlon 24, Denise Dunlea 12, Roisin Casey 8, Mary Herlihy 7, Cassandra Buckley 4, Maebh Barry and Labhaoise Walmsley 2 each.

Home Game for Team Tom’s St Mary’s

Team Tom McCarthy’s / St. Mary’s Ladies National League Basketball team will play a home game at Castleisland Community Centre on this Saturday night, November 17th.

Belfast side, Pheonix Rockets will provide the opposition with a 6:30pm tip-off. Your support for the girls would be greatly appreciated.

The home games are sponsored by Garvey’s SuperValu, Castleisland.

Division Two Ladies Take the Win

St. Mary’s division two ladies played the first of their cross league games on Sunday last.

Their opponents, division one side Tralee Imperials were favourites but a huge team performance by the Castleisland girls saw them work tirelessly for the 40 minutes to secure a seven point win on the day.

Under the Boards

The home side trailed by a point at the end of the first quarter. Scores were secured by team captain Aileen Ahern, Louise Joyce and Christina Egan while Reidín O’Loughlin was responsible for winning everything under the boards. Sarah Cooper, Maeve McKivergan, Aisling O’Mahony and Abi Casey all hit the target for Imperials.

Low Scoring Quarter

The second quarter was low scoring with the visitors hitting just eight points while the home team managed just a single basket courtesy of Tracey O’Sullivan.

The table turned in the third period.

St. Mary’s defended superbly and held Tralee to six points while registering 14 themselves and going ahead by a single point heading into the final quarter.

Big Performances by Reidín and Tracey

Big performances from both Reidín O’Loughlin and Tracey O’Sullivan contributed to St. Mary’s pushing ahead as the final quarter progressed.

The hunger for the win was evident in St. Mary’s team performance and their defence continued to cause problems for Imperials.

They fought back through O’Mahony, McKivergan and Catriona Collins and only three points separated the sides with less than two minutes to play.

Mary’s Took the Win

However, a three from O’Sullivan and three more from O’Loughlin from the line saw Mary’s take the win by seven.

Final Score: St. Mary’s 38.Tralee Imperials 31.

St. Mary’s: Tracey O’Sullivan 12, Reidín O’Loughlin 11, Louise Joyce 10, Aileen Ahern 3, Christina Egan 2.

Imperials: Sarah Cooper 8, Maeve McKivergan 6, Catriona Collins 6, Aisling O’Mahony 5, Aoife Crowely 2.

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