Rathangan Girls u19 Basketball team completed a remarkable All Ireland double today adding the girls A league title to the u19 boys A cup final success in January. As a school we used to dream of playing in the National Basketball Arena once in a while. We have now played 7 matches there in the last two school weeks .Despite narrowly losing out in the All Ireland girls u16 A final yesterday many of the same players and coach Ms Ashe came back again today and recorded an outstanding victory in the Senior final.
The game started of very close in the first quarter with the sides level after five minutes 6pts please and although Rathangan went into a 12-6 lead St Angelas got the last points of the quarter to leave the score 12points to 6.
Rathangan had a strong second quarter extending their lead to 28-18 at half time with Claire Melia the scorer in chief with 19 points. Rathangan had a great defence with Claire Melia and captain Holli Dunne rebounding well. Aine Nash carried the ball well and Sinead Byrne and Kelly Anne Scully were always available options and contributed to the scoring.
It was the 3rd quarter when Rathangan’s lead was really extended to 41-19 in the space of six minutes and despite captain Holli Dunne being substituted as a precaution for being on 4 fouls May O Brien proved a very capable deputy defending well and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Rathngan led 47-26 at the end of the 3rd quarter but St Angelas fought bravely and kept challenging for every ball and were unfortunate with some of their shooting.
Rathangan kept possession well in the last quarter and despite St Angelas best efforts they could not cope with Rathangan’s scoring threat and the many Rathangan vocal supporters grew more confident as the clock ticked down . They led 55-32 with Holli dunne returning to the court in the last quarter with Alannah Mc Loughlin to see the team over the line with a final score of 59-38.
It was a fantastic team performance and all the players gave their all and demonstrated the excellent coaching they have received by Catherine Ashe and Paddy Donovan over the years .It is a remarkable achievement to reach the u16 and u19 girls A finals in the one year and with the boys success earlier in the year , basketball in the school continues to grow from strength to strength.
Credit must go to a valiant St Angelas team who never gave up through out the game and showed great character despite being under pressure for most of the game .
The presentation took place with no surprise as Claire Melia won the MVP after excellent defending and an outstanding total of 36 points.
There was a unique family occasion when the Chairperson of Basketball Ireland Jackie Dunne presented the cup to her daughter and Captain of Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin Holli Dunne.
It was a fitting end to a historic day and on behalf of the school we would like to congratulate and extend our gratitude to a dedicated ,talented and commited team and their wonderful coach Ms Ashe,
Team Holli Dunne Captain , Claire Melia, Sinead Byrne , Kelly-Anne Scully, Aine Nash , Eimear Byrne, Dominika Sygnowska, May O Brien, Aoife Carey, Alannah Mc Loughlin