U19 Women North West League
DTBC 81 Sligo All Stars 55
Our Girls took on All Stars at home last friday night and put in a great performance. After the National Cup disappointment last week DTBC u19s put in a great shift in what was a very long drawn out game but played some really good ball to get an excellent performance and the win. If anything the games last week served to sharpen our girls with a lot more cohesion in their game and they now move to 3 wins from 3 in what is a good start to their league campaign. A starting five of Carbery, Furey, Mcgeoghan, Harron and Carr gave us a fantastic start as they really powered into the game. Furey and Carbery were fantastic under the boards feeding an excellent break with Carr and Harron finishing with Courtneys pace a joy to watch. A 28-14 quarter gave a great foundation to go on and win the game. All Stars continually pressed our team but found the ball handling of Sophie Carr too hard to handle as she was terrific from start to finish. Nadine coming back into the side was also a big part of the win as she defended really well and carried excellently and shows we are definitely a better side when she is available. A strong second quarter saw our girls pull away with 20- 11 to leave it 48-25 half time score. U16 stars Sarah Donovan 8pts and Catherine Campbell 9pts showed they are very capable at this level too along with the returning Aoibhe Timoney who had some good contributions as well. Aoife Mackle also showed some nice touches and if we can get more sessions together we can improve as we have a lot of talented players just getting them together is the challenge. MVP was Sophie Carr with Courtney Harron also having a fantastic night. Nice to see good support for the girls especially at home.
Team Sophie Carr 21, Orla Carbery 12, Andrea Furey 6, Nadine Mc Geoghan 6, Sarah Donovan 8, Courtney Harron 16, Aoife Mackle 2, Amy Carr, Aoibhe Timoney 1, Catherine Campbell 9, Katie Gillespie, Emma Meehan, Ella Pearmain. Coach Kevin Sinclair.
Courtney Harron & Sophie Carr who had terrific games for the u19s last Friday night.
Letterkenny Blaze 61 DTBC 38
Our under 16 Girls travelled to Blaze early last Sunday morning for their second league match and despite a poor start gradually got themselves into the game and came away with a good second half performance and valuable experience gained despite a loss. Blaze came out with a strong press which our girls found very hard to beat and we struggled to get any calls going forward. One foul called against the home side in the first half left it a hard task to get near the home basket and their class at taking the broken play scores was the difference as a 16-2 first quarter score would suggest. Blazes S. Cunningham an Irish international along with Higgins, Devenney and Kealy play well together and it will take a good side to top them this season. That said our Girls came into it in the second half as they got fair play eventually but the game wasn't retrievable at that stage. Blaze could have stepped it up a gear if needed so we have a lot of work to do in this grade but we have a group of dedicated players here and i have no doubt they will give it their best over the next few months. Catherine Campbell did most of the good things for her side along with the dependable Orla McGonagle while Ava Maxwell was lively for the away side making things happen for her team in the second half. Next up is an away game next Sunday to Mulroy Hoops for the Girls. It was great to see a few supporters make their way over to support the team on Sunday well done.
Team; Catherine Campbell © 7, Ella Mc Kinney, Shauna Doherty, Natasha Prendiville 2, Sophia Maziri 2, Amy Carr, Roisin Gillespie, Sarah Donovan 3, Katie Gillespie 6, Emma Meehan 4, Ava Maxwell 4, Orla Mc Gonagle 8. Kirsty Harron (Inj) Coaches Kevin Sinclair & Rosa Devaney.
Mulroy Hoops 54 DTBC 22
The U14 girls travelled to Mulroy on sunday for their second match of the season.We had a young squad with us and a few of girls were only playing their 1st competitive match.We came up against a very strong mulroy team who were too good for us on the day.
Team: Ella mcCalmont, Laura Sweeney, Emma Sweeney, Aoife Cox ,Holly Roarty ,Holly Towey, Anna mc Guckian, Grace Masterson, Mya Rowley, Kasey mcKinney.
Coach Stephen Carty, Manager David Sweeney.
Thanks to all the parents who travelled to support the girls.
DTBC U13 Boys Squad enjoyed another North West League game hosting Dungloe BC at Abbey Voc School on Sunday. This was a good game where the Dungloe disciplined defence made it difficult for the hosts to get into any rhythm in the first quarter. In the second period DTBC started to win defensive rebounds through Dillon McGroary, Matthew McInerney and Cormac Carr providing outlet passes to Oisin Doherty and Niall Feeney who made the most of the open court to produce some badly needed scores. Add to this the hard defensive work and steals from Rionn Murray and Joseph Woods and the tide turned a little. The third quarter saw Padraig Doherty owning the defensive boards for Dungloe and if his team converted more rebounds into 2 pointers things might have been a lot closer. A feature of the game was the teamwork of both squads in defence and offence; with point-guard Oisin Doherty directing operations for DTBC.
The Dungloe squad look to have plenty of potential with Cowley, Doherty and McKee putting up the scores. However on the day DTBC prevailed, with big performances from point-guards Oisin Doherty, Joseph Jordan, Niall Feeney, Jack Smith and Cillian Sweeney, with the power-forwards Matthew McInern, Theo Colhoun, Darragh Griffin and Dillon McGroary having a good tussle for rebounds with Padraig Doherty on the boards. Defensively the aforementioned Murray and Woods took a 'thou shalt not pass' attitude to the game hustlin for some excellent steals and blocks in defence. Pass of the Game Award goes to Theo Colhoun with his dish-off pass for Feeney to convert the last bucket of the game.
DTBC 18 v Blaze 27
The boys played their second game of the season against Blaze Letterkenny on Saturday in a well supported Abbey gym.
Although we didn't get the desired result the lads thrilled the onlookers with a passionate and determined display of basketball.
Only three weeks ago we were on the wrong end of a 30 point defeat against the same opposition but what a difference of good dedication and attitude at training can have over the past few weeks.
The lads started brightly creating numerous scoring chances against a bigger and more physical Blaze but shot selection and composure under the boards let us down. John Farren playing a leader's role was finding teammates with pinpoint passing.
Blaze quickly pushed out to a 9-0 lead with impressive outside shooting and raced to a 8-21 half time lead.
The second half proved to be a different story with the lads playing a tough but disciplined defence game restricting Blaze to just three baskets in the second half. Nico began to weave his magic for some lovely scores ably assisted by Christian and Sé driving hard at Blaze.
With only 9 points in it going down the stretch the boys didn't capitalise on free throw opportunities and to Blazes credit they dug deep when needed to score to keep DTBC at bay.
Hard to pick a MVP as all 12 contributed handsomely to a great team performance but special mention to Charlie who had an excellent match.
If performances continue at this level then it's onwards and upwards for this spirited bunch.
Charlie 2 Christian Thomas Mchugh 2 John 2 Sè Alex Thomas Healy 2 Thomas Lenehan Alan 2 Connell 2 Nico 6 Leon. Coaches Emmett Cassidy & Marcus Flannery
Great to see new People get involved and take up much needed roles like Sophie & Rosa are our newest Refs while Emmett & Marcus are involved in coaching our u12s.
DTBC 27 v Blaze 16
DTBC u12 boys played their fourth game of the season in Division 2 against Blaze and bounced back to winning ways.
From the onset this game was nip and tuck, score for score until Leon Mc Ginty took hold and went on a scoring spree finishing with 10 points in total.
It took awhile for the game to take shape with both teams evenly matched. Blaze were playing at a high speed resulting in some great team worked scores.
Alan Mchugh began to control the tempo of the game with one memorable defence splitting pass to Ryan Mccullagh who dispatched with aplomb. Thomas Lenehan and Thomas Healey began to find their stride playing brilliantly both defensively and offensively. Rory Doherty showed off his aray skills driving hard at Blaze and creating numerous scoring opportunities to open up a 10 point lead that Blaze couldn't recoup but to their credit never gave up and are definitely a team on the up.
Final score was 27-16 to the boys delight. It was great to see so many parents out supporting this rapidly developing team and giving great encouragement to them.
MVP Leon Mc Ginty who was a colossus when scores were needed and ran himself into the ground for the better of the team.
Harry 4, Sean,Thomas Mchugh, Ryan Mc Cullagh 2, Senan 2,Jack, Alex 2,Thomas H 2, Thomas L 2, Alan 1, Rory 2, Ryan C, Lee, James, Gary, Leon 10. Coaches Emmett Cassidy & Marcus Flannery