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26/09/2021

Tullamore senior basketballers fall to classy Fr. Mathew's outfit

Tullamore senior basketballers fall to classy Fr. Mathew's outfit

Tullamore senior basketballers fall to classy Fr. Mathew's outfit

Tullamore 49

Fr Mathews (Cork) 82

Tullamore Orange Senior Basketballers got a taste of the game at the highest level last Friday night in Colaiste Choilm with their first foray into the National Basketball Competition. 

The challenge proved a step too far as a young mobile and extremely committed Fr Mathews team gave the Tullamore girls a glimpse of the pace of the game at the highest levels.

Cork side Mathews employed a trapping full-court defence early that unsettled the local team and really the game was done and dusted at the end of the first quarter with Tullamore trailing 7-21.

The rest of the game proved more even as Tullamore managed to gain a foothold with highlight baskets from Marisa Howard from 3 point range.

Mathews mixed up the trapping with a 2-3 zone which allowed Tullamore to get into a small bit of rhythm and in fairness, the quality of their shooting came to the fore with 7 three-pointers from Aoibheann O Mahoney, Grace Halligan, Rebecca O Mahoney, Ally Esielionis and Marisa Howard before the final quarter began.

Unfortunately, the leaking of fast break scores was Tullamore's undoing. 49 was a good total, in the end, considering so many missed chances but Mathews were out of the gate and finished on 82.

The game had a lot of scorers with 11 different players finding the mark for Mathews, led by Point Guard Danielle Murphy Riordan on 26.

Tullamore had 8 different scorers led by Marisa Howard on 17. Ally Esielionis hit 8 while Grace Halligan topped off a great game by scoring 8 also.

Tullamore Orange team: Grace Halligan, Aoife Maher, Aoibheann O Mahoney, Emily Bailey, Aine McDaid, Rebecca O Mahoney, Jennifer Glavin, Niamh McGann, Helen Moran, Katie Guinan, Marisa Howard (capt) and Ally Esielionis.

Game Sponsor: Carroll Coaches Tullamore

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