DTCB U19 Women's Team
DTBC 57 88ers 54
Our u19s played their first home game of the season on friday night against the 88ers. After a comfortable victory on the road last week this was a much different affair as 88ers landed with a talented squad for a repeat of last years final. DTBC started the stronger with Andrea Furey getting on the end of Carberys Tip off and followed up with another for a great start by the home team. But by the end of the quarter the nice lead the home side had built up was reduced to 14-12 with 88ers finding their range towards the end of the quarter with Anna Keown 4, Andrea Mcglynn 4, and Caoimhe Keown 4. The 2nd was a good quarter for the home team with Courtney Harron 4pts of the bench and the impressive workrate of Meabh Dorrian rewarded with a couple of well taken fast breaks to take the quarter 14-7 and a sizable half time lead of 28 -19 to the home side.
88ers started the third like the meant business and got themselves firmly back in the game as Caoimhe Keown hit a couple of lovely 3 pointers and Anna Keown drives proving hard to stop while a disjointed quarter by the home side going forward didn’t help them. Poor shot selection with a lot of turnovers gave 88ers way too many chances and they took them to take the quarter 20-9. But that would be the only quarter DTBC would lose and a nail biting last quarter led to a close finish. Both teams would have foul trouble down the stretch and an injury to Andrea Mcglynn gave the home side a little chance after 88ers had taken the lead for the first time. She would try to shake it but had to sit again. Carbery, Mcgeoghan, Furey and Dorian had played a schools game in Dublin that day which might explain some of the tired fouls that led to all being fouled out except Meabh Dorrian. Aoife Mackle who made a great impact of the bench too was also fouled out along with Cait Gillespie, Andrea Mc glynn and Anna Keown for 88ers . But with only 9 players togged out for the home team they were on tender hooks as star player Sophie Carr played the last quarter on 4 fouls but it was she who took the game by the horns and won it for the home side nailing an important three pointer from the corner and scoring 10 of her 20 points when they were really needed in the last few minutes. She was fouled out in the last few seconds but she had dragged her team over the line before that. Courtney Harron came to life down the stretch with a couple of great baskets and 6 points in the last quarter to help her team get the W. A great advert for the women's game here in south Donegal from both teams with the return game in 88ers sure to provide great enjoyment for those that come out and support these fine players on both teams. MVP would have to be Sophie Carr for her drive and workrate and ability around the basket but she was pushed hard by the Keowns with Anna and a brilliant all round display from Caoimhe. As for our girls training will need to upped big time if they are to threaten this title and only able to put out 8 players at this age is a real concern as the improving Sarah Donovan stepped up from the 16s to make up the numbers.
DTBC - Sarah Donovan, Courtney Harron 10, Ella Pearmain, Sophie Carr 20, Aoife Mackle 2, Meabh Dorrian 6, Andrea Furey 4, Orla Carbery 7, Nadine Mc Geoghan 6. Coach Kevin Sinclair
88ers - A Mc Glynn 9, C Keown 18, A Keown 16, S Hughes 2, C Mc Loughlin, A Clyne 6, A Gallagher 2, B Maguire, C Gillespie. Coach Paul Mc Devitt