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So close but not close enough for Saints

Paris McCarthy stepped up in the fourth quarter and controlled the game, scoring eight points and getting some good steals

Report: Bríd Kenny

ALTHOUGH the end result was not the desired one, the Team Garvey’s St Mary’s girls proved that they can compete with the best as they lined out at the weekend as the only Superleague team without an American.

Pryobel Killester got off to a quick start with Michelle Clarke getting 10 of her 19 points early in the first quarter but Team Garvey’s settled and Deirdre Geaney and Emma Sherwood were good under the boards while Lorraine Scanlon got nine points to leave it 18-23at the end of the quarter.

Killester’s American, Shannon Powelle, controlled the second quarter, scoring 15 points and winning a lot of the boards but Team Garvey’s gave everything and tried to respond quickly but neither the shots nor the calls were going their way. At half-time the visitors led by 18.

Team Garvey’s came out a much stronger side in the second half and, again, Lorraine Scanlon was outstanding in offence, scoring another nine points, while Emma Sherwood, Denise Dunlea and Rheanne O’Shea backed her up with scores. A strong defence saw the Castleisland girls take the quarter 20-17.

Paris McCarthy stepped up in the fourth quarter and controlled the game, scoring eight points and getting some good steals.

In defence, Lorraine Scanlon, Meabh Barry, Deirdre Geaney and Labhaoise Walmsley kept the game very much alive and with just under two minutes to go, the game was within reach.

But a strong block and steal by the Killester girls gave them the advantage and they made full use of it and it left the final score Team Garvey’s St Mary’s 69 Pyrobel Killester 80.

Team Garvey’s St Mary’s travel to Leixlip at the weekend where they meet Liffey Celtics

Team Garvey’s top scorers: Lorraine Scanlon 24, Emma Sherwood 11, Paris McCarthy 10, Deirdre Geaney 9, Denise Dunlea 8.

Pyrobel Killester: Shannon Powelle 35, Michelle Clarke 19, Myah Taylor 16, Kate Kelly 4, Ali Connolly and Telma Ducasse 2 each, Ella McCloskey 1.