Women's basketball round-up: Glanmire can't prevent Liffey capturing the Super League title

Women's basketball round-up: Glanmire can't prevent Liffey capturing the Super League title
Courtyard Liffey Celtics won the National Cup and the Super League regular title. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

COURTYARD Liffey Celtics mounted a monumental comeback at home to secure the Women’s Super League title in style on their home court, beating Ambassador UCC Glanmire 84-74.

Glanmire got off to a blistering start in the contest, Liffey struggling to stay with their opponents. Louise Scannell was devastating from behind the three-point line, while Miriam Byrne and Kathy Keating contributed with 29 points between them, the Cork outfit going into the break leading 45-28.

The third quarter saw Liffey reel in their counterparts, Sorcha Tiernan (22 points) proving particularly impressive in all areas of play. 

By the end of the quarter Glanmire were up by just two points. With 2:18 to play Liffey had edged in front, leading now by five points. Just when Glanmire looked poised to close that deficit, two huge threes from Tiernan and Allie Le Claire put the league leaders out of sight, securing the title with an incredible 14-1 record thus far.

Singleton Supervalu Brunell returned to winning ways this weekend when they dispatched of Maxol WIT Wildcats 83-73 in Parochial Hall on Friday evening.

Kelly Diggin shoots from Wildcats' Sinead Deegan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Kelly Diggin shoots from Wildcats' Sinead Deegan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The game was fast-paced from the off, the teams separated by just one at 25-26 following the initial period, and by two points at the half.

Brunell started to edge in front in the third, led by their talismanic pair Danielle O’Leary and Amy Waters who combined for 37 points on the night.

Maddy Ganser was phenomenal in defending the low post as usual in the fourth, doing ample damage on the offensive end too. She is a player well respected by the Brunell faithful, her tenacity inside making her a fan favourite. 

While Wildcats put the pressure on in the fourth, Jasmine Walker hitting 22 points, there was no way back for the team from the neighbouring county, Fr Mathews weren’t as lucky in their game against Pyrobel Killester, losing out 81-83 in a close fought battle. Grainne Dwyer was excellent as usual, contributing with 22 while Shannon Brady was a force down low and ended up with 16.

However the home side couldn’t contend with Christa Reed (21 points) down the stretch and having trailed by three going into the last, there wasn’t enough in the tank to get over that hump in the end.

Grainne Dwyer goes past Killester's Hannah Thornton. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Grainne Dwyer goes past Killester's Hannah Thornton. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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