The best girls school basketball team in Ireland

We did it again. For the third time in a year we have won a senior A all Ireland title . Today's cup victory added to the boys cup victory and the girls league success last year. We never get it easy and today was no different against a very talented Holy Faith Clontarf school. We would like to say a huge thank you to the entire squad and their teachers Mr Donovan and Ms Ashe for their dedication and commitment this year and in previous years. Thank you to the students ,staff , parents and families for all their support and well wishes today.THe following is a report from the Kfm website.

 

 

27 JANUARY, 2016 - 16:10

Rathangan are All Ireland B'ball Champions!

Claire Melia lit up the National Basketball Arena as Ard Scoil Rathangan claimed the SUBWAY U19A Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup with a 69-66 win over Holy Faith Clontarf. The game’s MVP scored 36 points, grabbed as many rebounds and sealed the win with her 20th successful free-throw after Holy Faith levelled it from the three-point line with a minute left.

An early lead was crucial for confidence Rathangan earned it with baskets from Kelly-Anne Scully, Aine Nash and Niamh Burke. Holy Faith were right in contention once Saoirse Power Cassidy got her eye in from the three-point line. The first of her four triples reduced the gap before Sinead Byrne put Rathangan on their way to a 22-17 lead for the first quarter.

Holy Faith Clontarf were lightning quick on the ball as they looked to stretch Rathangan in transition. On defence they were uncompromising. Deborah Sealy was raw hustle with Meave O’Seaghdha assigned to keep Melia in check. That only sent Melia to the free-throw line to eke out a 10-point lead shortly before she was double-teamed. 

Holy Faith halved the deficit by half time and took the lead for the first time in the third quarter. Mae Creane’s triple was the breakthrough with 2:30 to the break - the Irish international clenching her fists as 350 Clontarf rose to their feet.

It was Melia’s dazzling spin and hook shot that regained the lead for Rathangan and quick finishing from Scully and substitute Alanna McLoughlin  put enough on the board to sustain them through a Clontarf fight back.

Ard Scoil Rathangan: Kelly-Anne Scully 14, Aine Nash 3, Claire Melia 36, Niamh Burke 1, Sinead Byrne 12. Substitutes: Alanna McLoughlin 2, Laura Dempsey, Emma Doolin, Dominika Sygnowska, May O’Brien.

MVP: Claire Melia