Pyrobel Killester held on at the death to secure a 74-71 Women's Super League victory over Maree on Saturday evening.
It was nip and tuck between the sides throughout the first half, with Killester just edging it 29-27 at the break.
A superb display from Killester’s Christa Reed caused multiple problems for the Maree defence as the third quarter got underway and, despite good work from Carol McCarthy and Claire Rockall, Killester had opened up a 59-50 point lead going into the last quarter.
Big scores from Aine McDonagh and Fiona Scally for the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking over, but Reed and Aisling McCann stepped up for Killester as they secured the win.
Speaking afterwards, a relieved Karl Kilbride said: "We are delighted with the win.
Obviously, we didn’t close the game out as comfortably as we would have liked. We were up seven with two and a half minutes left, but some silly and uncharacteristic turnovers let Maree back in.
"We got stops in the end and, more importantly, in the last few possessions we got rebounds, which meant we didn’t give up second-chance points and that was effectively the difference in the game."
Fr Mathews inflicted a second consecutive home defeat on Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics, taking home a 61-73 win.
Grainne Dwyer led the charge for the visitors, finishing the game with 21 points.
Mathews coach James Fleming said: "I’m very happy with the win, Liffey is always a tough place to go and get a win.
"We worked a lot last week in training on things that didn’t go right for us against DCU and I thought the team carried out the game plan really well."
DCU Mercy remain unbeaten after they ran out 79-69 winners over Brunell in Dublin on Sunday afternoon.
Meredith Burkhall and Ashley Russell led the way for the league leaders as Mercy powered home despite an outstanding display from Brunell’s Treyanna Clay.
Ambassador UCC Glanmire were also impressive on Sunday, defeating Maxol WIT Wildcats 86-76 in Cork.
Shrita Parker and Aine McKenna led the scoring for Glanmire as they picked up another big league win.
IT Carlow Basketball scooped their first win of the season on Saturday as they eased past Marble City Hawks 68-41 in a key basement battle.
The game was neck and neck throughout the opening half, with Carlow edging it 31-29 at the break.
However, Kaitlyn Slagus and Alyssa Velles were in inspired form after the action resumed, combining for 44 points in total as Carlow cantered home.