Team Tom McCarthy’s Secures Much Needed Away Win

Mai Hopkins (left) and Lorraine Scanlon scored 26 and 25 points respectively in Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s away win over U.L. Huskies. at the weekend. Team Tom’s will play at home on St. Bridget’s Night, Friday, February 1st at 9pm. Photographs: Liz Galwey and John Reidy 

Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s will now play Limerick Celtics on Friday, February 1st instead of the original date of Saturday 2nd. Tip off for the Garvey’s SuperValu sponsored home game on Friday will be at the later time of 9pm in Castleisland Community Centre.

By Liz Galwey, PRO

Meanwhile, a win on the road has boosted the confidence of Team Tom McCarthy’s.The St Mary’s girls have had some big performances against some of the leagues stronger sides over the past number of weeks but still failed to get the desired result.

However, they were rewarded at the weekend when they had a 90 to 64 away win over U.L. Huskies.

Evenly Matched

The first quarter was evenly matched. Contributors for Team Tom McCarthy’s included Lorraine Scanlon, Mia Hopkins, Mary Herlihy, Maebh Barry and Labhaoise Wamsley while for U.L. it was both Abby Jeffery, Abbigail Goodsell and Killarney’s Meghan Buckley who registered scores. The Limerick side led 20 points to 19 at the end of the quarter.

Took Control

The Castleisland side took control of the game from the start of the second quarter netting a massive 30 points while holding their opponents to 15. The third quarter was again more evenly matched. Team Tom McCarthy’s played a man defence which according to coach Liam Culloty worked well.

A Brilliant Job

“We played man-to-man and Mia Hopkins was given the task of marking Abbigail Goodsell and she did a brilliant job on her. The girls played great as a team, Mia worked hard outside while Lorraine Scanlon was fantastic inside and worked well with Maebh Barry. We saw some smart play from Orla White and the younger players such as Labhaoise Walmsley did really well. We had a lot of fast breaks in the second quarter which were converted to scores,” said Coach Culloty.

Final Quarter Lead

Team Tom McCarthy’s held a 70 to 54 lead going into the final quarter which they once again dominated. Huge accuracy from the free throw line throughout the game and in particular in the final quarter saw the squad register 86 percent accuracy for the game.

Final Score: U.L. Huskies 64 – Team Tom McCarthy’s 90

U.L. Huskies Team and Scorers: Abbigail Goodsell, 28; Abbey Jeffery, 20; Katie Whelan, 6; Aoife O’Connell, 4; Orlaith Woods and Meghan Buckley 2 each.

Team Tom McCarthy’s Team and Scorers: Mia Hopkins, 26; Lorraine Scanlon, 25; Maebh Barry, 10; Denise Dunlea, 7; Labhaoise Walmsley, 6; Mary Herlihy and Orla White 4; Roisín Casey, Sarah O’Sulllivan, Deirdre Geaney and Shauna Ahern 2 each.

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