IT Carlow are the 2016 Women’s Division Two League Champions in college basketball after a 75-43 win over IT Tralee at the National Basketball Arena. It’s a third national league trophy in ten year’s for Martin Conroy’s side which featured a number of National League players in the win including MVP Ciara McCarthy.
IT Tralee had Denise Dunlea to call on from Team Denjoes American Style, but the day belonged to the Carlow side with a solid performance throughout all four quarters. They did the real damage in the first quarter, racking up 27 points from McCarthy, Shannon Holbrook and Lilian McCabe.
The Kerry women put on their strongest showing in the second quarter with fine baskets from Laura Griffin and Megan. It’s a second runners up medal in the space of two years for Vinnie Murphy’s squad who were beaten by a strong DIT side in 2015.
Sarah Cooper 4, Alana Savage, Ciara McCarthy 22, Shannen Holbrook 12, Lillian McCabe 17. Substitutes: Hannah Fitzpatrick 4, Ann Marie Molyneaux, Nicola Gannon 3, Niki Kelly 4, Rachel Briggs 2, Alienor Raimbult 5, Roz Odujebe 2. Coach: Martin Conroy. Manager: Claire McCarthy
Megan Buckley 8, Aoife Daly 7, Annie Cooper 2, Denise Dunlea 8, Laura Griffin 12. Substitutes: Sinead O’Hanlon, Elena Lozano Punet 2, Samantha Ahern 2, Orlaith Gillespie 2, Aoife Nolan, Amanda O’Donnell
Coach: Vinnie Murphy
Thanks to Ross O’Donoghue, Basketball Ireland