Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WIT Wildcats 67

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Killester 38

Last Saturday evening in the Mercy secondary gym WIT Wildcats had a good win against Killester from Dublin. There was a great sense of anticipation as a packed gym awaited the debut of American college star Terran Condrey and she did not disappoint. The opening quarter was a close affair with Sinead Deegan opening the scoring from the free shot line. WIT student Cathy Kavanagh put in a fantastic display with solid defense and dominated the boards. Following several shots hitting the rim, Terran’s first basket for WIT Wildcats was greeted with a big cheer. Despite some good scores in the first quarter, poor defense saw the sides level on 17 points after 10 minutes. The second quarter saw some good baskets from Elaine Kennington and Niamh Mullally and WIT Wildcats led by 5 points at half time 33-28. In the third quarter Wildcats tightened up considerably on defense and extended their lead to 15 points inspired by Kavanagh and captain Jenny Coady calling the plays. The final quarter saw American star Terran Condrey find her range and T, as she is known to her teammates, hit some great shots to finish the game’s top scorer on 22 points. Another highlight of the fourth quarter was young Yvonne Corcoran’s contribution, as the Mercy sixth year student gave a great assist to Niamh Mullally and scored the final basket of the game – her first in the Superleague. Coach Tommy O’Mahony was happy with his team’s performance and after the game said “The game was fairly tight in the first half. We were poor defensively to be honest but we really picked it up in the third quarter. We gave up only four points in that period and held onto the lead from there.

A word of thanks must go to our match sponsors Permanent TSB and also well done to Robyn on winning the cinema raffle tickets! This win moves WIT Wildcats up the table and their next home game on Dec. 15th is an important one against the team directly above them in the table, Brunell. Before that the girls from the Southeast are away to Glanmire next weekend and the following week will have to make the long trip northwards to Belfast to play Ulster Rockets, this time in the National Cup quarter final. Next weekend the WIT Wildcats U20 team face Dublin Meteors in the quarter final of the U20 National Cup. This squad has been training hard and hope to advance to the next stage of this competition – tip off in the Mercy gym is 2pm next Sunday 2nd Dec.

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