Scoil Chríost Rí 53 Loreto Abbey 41
Schools U-19 ‘A’ Girls League Final
Just over a month since they last tasted All-Ireland basketball success, Scoil Chriost Ri have done it again.
Pat Critchley’s team are All Ireland Champions for a second time after they defeated Loreto Abbey of Dalkey in the National Stadium in Tallaght this afternoon.
The win means that a number of the girls on this team have now won four All-Ireland basketball medals in the last month.
Along with the School’s Cup, a lot of them were involved on the Portlaoise Panthers teams who claimed U-18 and
This game against the Dublin outfit was far tougher than their Cup success as they were made to battle for it – especially in the first half.
The first quarter was very tight but Scoil Chriost Ri enjoyed a late surge to lead 14-11 at the end of it.
The Portlaoise side took over at the start of the second quarter with Sarah Fleming, Jasmine Burke, Rebecca Reddin, Amy Byrne and Ciara Byrne all scoring to push them into a 14 point lead.
However, Loreto Abbey were not going down without a fight and they came back somewhat to reduce the arrears to just nine by half time – the score at 29-20.
Loreto Abbey instantly reduced the deficit with a long range three-pointer but Scoil Chriost Ri stepped on the gas again as Ciara Byrne, Shauna Dooley and Ella Byrne moved them further ahead again.
Sarah Fleming then hit a three-pointer and followed with a great basket after a magnificent Ciara Byrne pass to make it 46-29 at the end of the third quarter.
Scoil Chriost Ri only added seven more points in the final quarter and although Loreto Abbey kept trying right to the end – they couldn’t bridge the gap.
SCOIL CHRÍOST RÍ – Ciara Byrne, Rebecca Reddin, Sarah Fleming, Amy Byrne, Shauna Dooley, Grainne O’Reilly, Jade Burke, Rachel Glynn, Faith Umeh, Ella Byrne, Jasmine Burke, Aisling Fleming, Caoimhe Sweeney