Saints struggle to tame Wildcats

Rheanne O’Shea, from Killarney, was fast on the break and contributed six points

TEAM Garvey’s St Mary’s made the trip to Waterford on Saturday last to take on Cordal man Tommy O’Mahony’s Wildcats in the women’s superleague and the home side proved to be stronger on the night despite the best efforts of the Castleisland outfit.

Denise Dunlea had an exceptional game with the opening quarter seeing her make some great drives to the board to register five of Team Garvey’s 12 points for the quarter. Lorraine Scanlon worked tirelessly in the post for her side and also made some great baskets but Wildcats’ Rachel Thompson was unstoppable and hit 16 of her sides 31 points for the quarter.

Niamh Ní Conchuir made her entrance in the second quarter and was hugely influential in turning the game and Niamh and Deirdre Geaney were outstanding in defence resulting in St Mary’s taking the quarter by four.

Lorraine Scanlon was forced to sit out part of third quarter due to foul trouble but, to her credit, she got right back into the game, rebounding and registering scores when re-introduced.

Paris McCarthy was, as always, on target hitting some lovely three pointers while Rheanne O’Shea and Emma Sherwood kept the fast breaks going.

Meabh Barry was on target while also winning a lot of offensive rebounds.

The game was played at a fast pace throughout and it was Wildcats’ Abbey Flynn whose defensive pressure resulted in keeping Team Garvey’s Le J’zae Davidson scoreless on the night and this contributed hugely to Wildcats taking the win on an 86-57 scoreline.

Scorers for Team Garvey’s: Lorraine Scanlon: 18, Denise Dunlea: 11, Meabh Barry: 8, Paris McCarthy: 8, Rheanne O’Shea: 6, Emma Sherwood: 6, Niamh Ní Conchuir: 2, Deirdre Geaney: 2.