Cork basketball: Glanmire remain in the hunt for silverware after taming Hawks

Cork basketball: Glanmire remain in the hunt for silverware after taming Hawks
Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Áine McKenna bursts past Marble City Hawks players Rachel Butler and Cassidy Williams in the Women's Super League at the Mardyke Arena. Picture Denis Minihane.

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 82 Marble City Hawks 39

AMBASSADOR UCC Glanmire had little difficulty in disposing of basement side Marble City Hawks in the Women’s Super League at the Mardyke Arena.

Despite the Kilkenny side having a decent opening quarter all they could muster was a mere five points in the second quarter as Glanmire applied the necessary pressure on them.

For the Glanmire coach Mark Scannell this was a good workout for his side as they get ready to face some important games.

“We were sluggish in the opening quarter but once we got our act together in the second period we never looked back and it was a good game to get various rotations used,” said Mark Scannell.

The Glanmire chief is hoping his side can finish the season in style with two away games against WIT Wildcats and Killester before taking on the champions elect DCU Mercy in the final game of the campaign.

The mood in the Marble City Hawks camp positive despite the loss as they still await their first win of the campaign but coach Julian O’Keeffe believes it’s not from the want of effort.

“We have been working hard as a squad all season and although it’s frustrating not to have a win under our belts we will continue to give it our best shot,” said Julian O’Keeffe.

The opening exchanges were frantic with both sides intent on fast break basketball with the Glanmire American Shrita Parker getting the home side just 10 seconds into the game.

Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Shrita Parker shooting a basket. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Shrita Parker shooting a basket. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Credit to the Kilkenny side they refused to panic and consecutive three pointers from Cassidy Williams and Aine Sheehy got them back in the mix.

Glanmire responded to the wake-up call and with Parker controlling affairs at the point they recovered their composure to lead 13-7 in the fifth minute.

It was obvious the Glanmire coach Mark Scannell was intent on using various rotations but the Hawks refused to wilt and with Glanmire not playing any resemblance of good defence they managed to reduce the deficit to three points 20-17 at the end of the quarter.

Glanmire responded well on the restart with five unanswered baskets as the Hawks looked shell-shocked and failed to score a basket in the opening nine minutes.

In truth Glanmire with Parker continuing to show deft skills at the point scored at will and despite the home side not scoring on a consistent basis they looked comfortable at the break when commanding a 40-22 lead.

It was a case of going through the motions in the third quarter as Tatum Neubert was dominant when nailing some lovely mid-range jumpers and entering the last quarter the Glanmire lead extended to 31 points.

Coming down the stretch the game petered out as Marble City Hawks bid for their first win of the season was never on the cards against the scoring might of this Glanmire side.

Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Casey Grace bursts past Marble City Hawks players Aine Sheehy and Sheila Sheehy. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Casey Grace bursts past Marble City Hawks players Aine Sheehy and Sheila Sheehy. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Top scorers for Ambassador UCC Glanmire: S Parker 29, T Neubert 15, C Grace 15.

Marble City Hawks: C Williams 19, M Connolly 4, E Kennigton 4, S Sheehy 4.

Referees: Peter James Coughlan (Cork), Ger Daly (Cork).

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