Cadette Girls Basketball
Our cadette girls have reached the Midlands Regional final after a comfortable victory over Heywood C.S. Jade Lawlor opened the first quarter with two quick baskets and this set the tone for the game as the girls never let their Laois neighbours get within 4 baskets of them. Great defence work from Aoife Fanning Siney and Alana Baker was key to setting up quick breaks for the free scoring Sarah Hanlon, Sophie Cunningham and Rachel Ryan. All members of the panel played a big part of the victory with Erin Meredith and Aifric Doyle catching the eye.
The Midlands Regional Final will be played next week in St. Marys Hall, Portlaoise.
Senior Girls Basketball
Our senior girls reign as the Midlands Regional Champions came to an end on Thursday by the minimalist of margins after a hard fought battle with Heywood C.S. The game was played in the Laois school’s gym and this home advantage helped the Heywood girls over the line. Our girls got off to a slow start and after the first quarter we were 12-5 down. After tightening up in defence and getting more comfortable with their surroundings the girls started to get a hold of the game and at half time the score was 18-11. Some good shooting from Lauren Kelly and Sarah Hanlon were keeping the girls in the game. The second half began with a great defensive rebound from Annie Curran and she drove down the court to score a great lay-up and this seemed to raise our girls. Aoife Siney and Jade Lawlor were working very hard in defence and winning any lose ball to create opportunities for our shooters. With 3 minutes on the clock and 9 points down our girls went into a full press and began to claw back the lead with two great 3 pointers. Unfortunately time went against us and as the buzzer went only 1 basket separated the teams. Our girls never say die attitude was very encouraging and all panel members are underage next year with the exception of two girls. Well done girls on a great year.
Panel: Gemma Smith, Chloe Harrison, Lauren Kelly, Siobhan Clinton, Sarah Hanlon, Aoife Fanning Siney, Michaela Broughall, Annie Curran, Jade Lawlor and Shauna Bond