St. Mary's Edenderry ladies cruise into basketball final

The defending champions continue their march

Justin Kelly

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St. Mary's Edenderry ladies cruise into basketball final

St. Mary's Edenderry ladies cruise into basketball final

St. Mary’s Edenderry         60

Borrisokane CS                 17

On Thursday, November 23, St. Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry welcomed Borrisokane Community School for the U19 Post Primary School Basketball Midland Regional Semi-Final.  Pool 2 leaders and reigning champions St. Mary’s faced a strong outfit from Borrisokane who finished up in 2nd place in Pool 1.

The home side started well with some excellent passing from Aoibheann McAndrew opening up the Borrisokane defence, with scores from captain Saoirse Ankers, Alicia Kavanagh and Angela Brady giving St. Mary’s the early lead. Tara McDonnell, who led the way in defence with some excellent rebounding, got her own name on the score sheet as Edenderry finished the 1st quarter 18-3 ahead.

The 2nd quarter saw St. Mary’s continue to apply pressure on both ends of the court. Courtney Farrell and Aoibheann McAndrew finished off a couple of fast breaks as Edenderry displayed some fantastic team passing. Borrisokane kept their side of the scoreboard ticking over with some excellent scores. Half Time saw St. Mary’s lead 32 -9.

St. Mary’s started the 2nd half as they finished the first, excellent defence from Courtney Farrell and Avril Donegan saw the home side shut down the Borrisokane effort. Alicia Kavanagh and Saoirse Ankers again combined to help increase the St. Mary’s Lead.

Aoibheann McAndrew’s pin point passing set up Angela Brady for a few excellent scores under the basket. Emily Lawton and Ava Bennett made a huge impact in the 4th quarter showing off their accurate shooting, combining to grab 8 points for their team.

Eva Barai Dafe and Agata Drabik kept the Borrisokane defence guessing as they moved the ball around quickly with some crisp passing. Ruby Buckley cleared up on defence helping St. Mary’s close out the win in what was a superb team performance.

This is the 3rd year in a row the girls from St. Mary’s Edenderry have reached the Midland Regional Final and they will face off against either St. Finian’s Mullingar or Mountmellick CC. The Final will take place on Thursday, November 30 in St. Mary’s Hall Portlaoise at 11am.

The Management, Staff and Students of St. Mary’s wish the team all the very best of luck ahead of the tie. 

St. Mary's Panel: Emily Lawton, Alicia Kavanagh, Saoirse Ankers (Capt), Eva Barai Dafe, Tara McDonnell, Courtney Farrell, Aoibheann McAndrew (V.Capt), Ava Bennett, Angela Brady,  Avril, Donegan, Agata Drabik, Thea Von Engelbrechten, Ruby Buckley, Aisling Wall, Emma Norman, Niamh Campbell, Keri Logan, Megan Callan, Tessa Kane, Coach: Mr. David McEvoy.

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