Cork basketball: Heartache for Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney after a thriller

Cork basketball: Heartache for Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney after a thriller
Emma Tobin of Virginia College in action against Laura O'Sullivan of Blarney. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Virginia College, Cavan 43 Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney 42 

AN exciting U16 A final was expected and it didn’t disappoint! 

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal from Blarney shaded the first half with a one-point lead going into the third quarter but an Emma Tolan inspired Virginia College fought back and held on in the end for a narrow win in the closest game of the week.

Michelle Ugwah rises above Niamh Tolan. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Michelle Ugwah rises above Niamh Tolan. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Michelle Ugwah had seven points with Issey McSweeney having five to give Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal a three-point lead after the first. For Virginia College it was Niamh and Emma Tolan with Ciara Brady who scored their nine points, 12-9.

A second quarter that saw both defences tighten up left it 16-15 at the half.

Emma Tolan showed her versatility as Virginia fought back and took a three-point lead into the fourth. 

It was all set for an exciting finish and so it proved, Virginia couldn’t pull away despite the best efforts of Niamh Tolan and Aisling Doughty as Scoil Mhuire’s Saoirse Breen and McSweeney hit big shots to keep the gap to minimum. 

VIRGINIA COLLEGE: Meabh Kelly, Sydney Gregg, Ciara Brady 6, Niamh Tolan 19, Aisling Doughty 4, Lauren Smith, Emma Tolan 14, Michaela Fitzsimons, Grace Farrelly, Niamh Keoghan, Amy Smith, Roisin Flanagan, Keelin Fay.

BLARNEY: Morgan Turner, Michelle Ugwah 11, Saoirse Breen 12, Orla Humphreys 2, Issy McSweeney 12, Ruth Dillion 5, Laura O’Sullivan, Sarah Healy, Sarah Kiely, Abby Grace, Abbie Babington, Orlaith Savage, Niamh Barry, Georgia Glasgow.

MVP: Emma Nolan, Virginia College

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