Team Garvey’s had a disappointing loss in Dublin when they met current league holders D.C.U. In D.C.U. Arena at the weekend.
By: Liz Galwey
The St. Mary’s girls got off to a poor start and were no match for their opponents netting just four points to D.C.U.’s 21 in the first quarter.
The Castleisland side stepped up its performance in the second period, some great scores from Meabh Barry, Lorraine Scanlon and two big threes from Rachel Ryan saw them take the quarter by a single point to leave the score at the half time interval 36 points to 20 in favour of the hosts.
Control in Third Quarter
D.C.U. took control of the game again in the third quarter. They were tough inside and dominated the boards, outscoring Team Garvey’s by 16 points for the quarter.
Team Garvey’s trailed by 32 points going into the final quarter, but although the sides were more evenly matched in the final quarter but it was much too late for the St. Mary’s side.
Paudie O’Connor Cup
After the game, Coach Liam Culloty acknowledged that his side will have to improve ahead of meeting D.C.U. again next week in the Paudie O’Connor Cup.
This game will be in Castleisland on Saturday night. The tip-off in this game will be at the usual time of 6.30pm.
Final Score: D.C.U. 72 Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s 43. Top scorers for Team Garvey’s were: Deirdre Geaney 11, Lorraine Scanlon 8, Meabh Barry and Rachel Ryan 6 each.
Home Venue for Team Garvey’s against Trinity Meteors
On bank holiday Monday Team Garvey’s had the home venue when they lined out against Trinity Meteors. The Castleisland side put in a good performance throughout the game but it was not enough to see them take the win.
The home team was by far the better in the first quarter. Trinity Meteors had an opportunity from the tip but a steal by the home side saw Le’Jzae Davidson open the scoring.
Team Garvey’s Hit 23
Team Garvey’s hit 23 points in the opening quarter while holding their opponents to 11. Meteors took the second quarter 24 points to 15 with a massive performance from both Rebecca O’Keeffe and Dayna Finn.
The sides were separated by just three points at the half time interval with Team Garvey’s holding the lead 38 points to 35.
Rheanne O’Shea and Le’Jzae Davidson pushed the home-side further ahead early in the third but as the quarter progressed they failed to hit the target allowing Trinity Meteors pick up most of the rebounds and go on to convert.
With just under four minutes to play in the quarter Meteors took the lead for the first time in the game and they went on to increase their lead to nine points.
Fought for Victory
This left the score at 49 points to 58 in favour of Trinity Meteors as the sides entered the final quarter. Team Garvey’s had some turnovers which allowed the visitors to increase their lead to 12 with just 3.49 left to play.
From here on Team Garvey’s fought for the victory, a steal saw Davidson hit a big three and late scores from Lorraine Scanlon and Meabh Barry along with one final three from Le’Jzae left just three points between the sides as the clock ran down.
Point in the Dying Seconds
However, Dayna Finn went to the line in the dying seconds and increased the lead by yet another point leaving no time for Team Garvey’s to make up ground. Final Score: Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s 69 Trinity Meteors 73
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