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Women's basketball quarters decided
17 Nov 2014 10:10
The quarter-finalists of the Senior Women’s National Cup have been confirmed after Saturday’s round of action in Cork, Dublin and Portlaoise.
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Defending champions Portlaoise Panthers put up the biggest score of the round to ease past Glanmire 80-47 into the last eight.
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A tense opening quarter finished 16-9 to the home side before Panther’s got 13 points clear at half time. Momentum built into the third quarter as Panthers went 26 ahead and as Glanmire heads dropped, Peter O’Sullivan’s crew powered on to a 33-point win.
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American Kelsey Wolfe had amassed 84 points in her opening two games for Panthers but was outdone by the performances of Catherine O’Sullivan and Tracey Fallon at St. Mary’s Hall in Portlaoise.
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O’Sullivan hit the game high 23 points, while Fallon and Wolfe combined for 25 points. Best for Glanmire were O’Brien, Campbell and Mullins.
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Fr Mathews will meet Panthers in the quarter-finals after coming from behind to beat IT Carlow 59-53 at Colaiste Chríost Rí.
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The students were 10 points clear with five minutes remaining but mistakes proved costly as the home side went on a run to come through by six points. IT Carlow head coach Martin Conroy felt his side had thrown it away.
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Conroy said: "It was a game we should have won but both myself and the players made mistakes down the stretch. They are a decent team and Dearbla Breen definitely makes them stronger. But we threw this one away.”
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Breen got 14 points on the board with Louise O’Connor hitting a game high 15 points. For IT Carlow, Jess Koci led the way with 11 points, Edel Hayden bagged 10 points while Megan Dunne had nine. Eleven of Fr Mathews’ points came courtesy of Mai O’ Leary.
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Tolka Rovers lost out at home to Ballincollig 46-55 despite 12 points from Jenny Moriarty.
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The Dubliners trailed by just four points at the break but Ballincollig pushed clear in the third and fourth quarters to win out by nine points.
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The trio of O’Connell, Coomey and O’Toole combined for 39 of Ballincollig’s 55-point haul. For Tolka, Karen Slye had eight points, while Ashley Daly netted six.
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Ballincollig reach the quarters having fallen at the first hurdle against Firhouse Notre Dame in 2013. They’ll face Meteors in the last eight.
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For their part, Meteors claimed a comfortable 78-44 win in their round of 16 tie despite making the trip to Cork to face Brunell.
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The south Dublin side gained an early lead through Lorenza Cafolla and by half time had pulled it out to 43-24.
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Mullins and Whelan hit a combined 29 for Meteors, while Cafolla finished with a tally of 13. It finished 78-44 at the Parochial Hall with Brown, Kelleher and Murphy best for the home side.
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Earlier this week Killester accounted for Templeogue with a 14 point win while Garvey’s Tralee Imperials and NUIG Mystics enjoy a bye into the quarter-finals.
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Oblate Dynamos needed overtime to edge out Team Denjoe’s American Style of Castleisland by 82-75 last Sunday.
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It was Oblate who maintained the lead throughout and were up seven points at half time. That lead was down to a single point as the final buzzer approached and the Kerry side levelled matters only to falter in extra time.
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