Wins for Girls and Boys in the Basketball

Congratulations to the Scoil Mhuire boys and girls on both their victories over Rathmore in the school today. The teams were made up of pupils from both 5th and 6th class.

The girls got proceedings underway at 11.30am. They made a strong start and, after three baskets in a row, took control of the match in the first quarter. All five starting girls were substituted and effort levels continued in the second quarter. The girls showed all their skills. Dribbling and passing of high quality helped create many shooting opportunities. The entire panel was utilised during the third quarter. The girls resolutely soaked up the Rathmore pressure and sealed the win with some classy baskets on the counterattack, especially in the final quarter. Tired but delighted at the sound of the referee’s final whistle, all the girls shook hands with their opponents in front of the happy home support!

The boys began their warm-up soon after and the whistle blew for the jump-ball at 12.15pm. Early game nerves were settled with a neat basket. A flurry of scores followed. The disciplined nature of the boys’ play was very pleasing, committing very few fouls in this period. Squad rotation was used in the second quarter, with fresh legs coming off the bench. The boys kept up the same effort levels and lots of individual pieces of skill were combined to create ‘two pointers’. This period also saw a long range ‘three pointer’ shake the net from distance! All boys played in two quarters, displaying the squad’s strength in depth. The home support were treated to a ‘lay-up’ score before the game finished! The boys showed great sportsmanship, shaking hands with the opposition after a convincing win.

The girls and boys will get back training later in the week to continue working on their skill levels and team play before the next fixture. The players appreciated the vocal home support provided by other pupils and staff. A big word of thanks to Maria Smith for co-refereeing the game with the Rathmore teacher. Thanks also to the six 6th class pupils for helping to officiate the game at the courtside table.