Cork basketball: Thornton and Kenny guide Trinity to the Super League

Cork basketball: Thornton and Kenny guide Trinity to the Super League
Trinity Meteors were crowned Women’s Division 1 champions at the weekend.

LEESIDE aces Edel Thornton and Sarah Kenny led Trinity Meteors to a Women’s Division 1 title and promotion to the Super League next season.

Meteors, beaten in the cup decider in January, were crowned Division 1 champions in Leixlip, running out 80-65 point winners over St Mary’s of Castleisland in the league final.

Ciara Wheeler of Portlaoise Panthers in action against Edel Thornton of Trinity Meteors in the cup final. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ciara Wheeler of Portlaoise Panthers in action against Edel Thornton of Trinity Meteors in the cup final. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The game certainly lived up to its billing, as the sides were neck-in-neck from the off with just one point separating the teams at the half. 

A huge start to the third quarter from St Mary’s saw them edge into the lead behind superb work from Emma Sherwood, Lorraine Scanlon and Denise Dunlea, but Meteors weren’t behind for long.

Led by marquee guard and former Brunell dynamo Edel Thornton and superb performances from Lauren Grigsby and Sarah Kenny, they edged back into the lead by four points going into the last.Sarah Kenny and Edel Thornton battling in a Glanmire-Brunell derby.

Sarah Kenny and Edel Thornton battling in a Glanmire-Brunell derby.
Sarah Kenny and Edel Thornton battling in a Glanmire-Brunell derby.

It was raining threes for the Dubliners as the final quarter got underway though, with Thornton and Grigsby both draining a number of key shots from outside the arc.

Despite a comeback charge from St Mary’s, with Siofra O’Shea and Sherwood leading in superb fashion, it wasn’t to be. 

Meteors were more clinical and stormed home to league title glory and promotion back to the Women’s Super League with an 80-65 point win.

Said Meteors’ Eimear Mairtin said: “It’s great to win. We’re delighted to get back up to the Super League. 

"We lost the Cup this year, but it was all about consistency in the league for us and we only lost once in that, and that was against Castleisland. We knew this was going to be a tough game, so it’s nice to get the win and get back to where we wanted to be.”

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