Under Sixteen Girls’ Basketball Team Create History .

Colaiste Iosagain Create History

Colaiste Iosagain , Under Sixteen Girls’ Basketball team recently won the B Regional Final in St. Mary’s Hall , Portlaoise .This team have previously won the C All-Ireland title in 2013 having topped the table on their side of the pool .Colaiste Iosagain beat Confey , Templemore , Clonaslee and Naas to reach the final .
Their opposition was Naas who previously beat them in the Second Year Regional Final so it was always going to be a tight , close affair .Naas were quick off the mark and raced into a ten point lead in the first quarter .The Port girls appeared rusty and nervous .Just as the end of the first quarter they converted two free throws .
Into the second quarter the offensive moves started to improve .Port started to move the ball quicker and excellent outside shooting by Fiona Dempsey and Tinashae Chapwanya pulled back the lead and at last the girls were starting to play close to their capability .Some tenacious defending at the top of the key by Naomi Luttrell and Eva Galvin forced Naas into making mistakes .Fiona Dempsey and Nicole Havill were starting to win their defensive , rebounding battles plus man to man marking of Naas key players atrted to reap rewards .The half time score was Portarlington 16 – Naas 16 .
In the second half Naomi Luttrell showed great skill and speed breaking down many Naas attacks and setting up scores at the other end .In the third quarter both teams played man to man defences causing a lot of fouls . Captain , Orla Mullaly was really coming into the game at this stage with Naomi Luttrell creating lots of fast breaks with her speed . Portarlington’s fitness was starting to show .
In the final quarter the Port offence was patient and passing was crisp , creating spaces in the Naas defence . Every time Port scored they pressed forward causing Naas to make mistakes and punsihing them with scores .
Erin Murphy was using her speed to great effect and scored two vital baskets towards the end , both scores created by Naomi Luttrell .
At the final buzzer the Port girls won by 29 points to 23 .They created history by winning the first B title in the school for girls since 2000 .Colaiste Iosagain have come from D division to C division and are now in the All-Ireland Playoffs for the B division .Games are on January 17 .
This was a fantastic team effort by the girls with each team member contributing positively either offensively or defensively .

TEAM: Orla Mullaly , Eva Galvin , Fiona Dempsey , Naomi Luttrell , Erin Murphy , Nicole Havill , Allana Keogh , Sile Burbage , Tinashae Chapwanya .

COACHES Sinead Dempsey , Miriam Holland .

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