Liby Dynamites U18 girls’ team have secured their first North East Basketball League title after beating Streete Warriors in Dromiskin recently.
With a 100% game record, the Dynamites breezed through the first quarter finishing 15-7 ahead and looked very comfortable and in control going into the second quarter.
Streete Warriors clawed back several scores to leave the game 25-20 at half time and as a tired looking Dynamites took to the floor for the second half they needing to dig deep.
Irish international Nadine Rice conjured up some magic scores and with her dynamic inside and outside play drove Dynamites towards the finish line in this tough encounter.
Dynamites point guard Laura McNally got into foul trouble and as coach O’Neill shuffled her pack to try and contain Warriors Sophie Monahan and Sinead O’Hagan came to the fore with some great rebounds and scores to put distance between both teams and sight of the winning post.
Streete had other ideas and a well taken time out by their coach put Dynamites once again on the back foot until Rice stepped up again and finished the game off for a fabulous win to secure Dynamites their first League title.
LIBY DYNAMITES U18: L Keenan (6pts), L McNally (6pts), S Monahan (6pts), N Rice (20pts), F Pokecz, V Pokecz, S O’Hagan (3pts), C Mulpeter, L Reilly, E McKernan (2pts), C Reynolds (3pts).
Dynamites seal top four spot places
Liby Dynamites’ U18, U16 and U14 girls teams all sealed their places in the North East Basketball League end of season showdown.
Leading the way was the senior ladies team who secured their place two weeks ago. And with the Dynamites U18 girls winning their first league title last weekend it was the turn of the Dynamites U16 and U14 girls who travelled to Cavan to take on the Lakers on Sunday last.
Cavan Lakers U16 Girls 32-37 Liby Dynamites U16 Girls
Sitting second in the North East Basketball League, Liby Dynamites U16 girls knew nothing but a win would keep their hopes alive of winning through to the All Ireland play-offs in Dundalk on April 13 and 14.
Facing a strong Cavan team, Dynamites had no easy passage and played hard for every blockout, rebound and basket.
If anything could win Dynamites this game it was their brilliant defence and the coaching skills of Coach Brennan calling the right moves at the right time.
Sophie Brennan, who scored 16pts, was magnificent and played through the pain barrier. Her never give up attitude, assisted by Shauna Kearney, was the difference between the teams.
The steadying influence and leadership of point guard Ruth McNally as she spread the ball around, assisting her team to gain the upper hand alongside Claire Keenan and Niamh Goodman earned Dynamite the win they needed to represent Dundalk in the National Championships.
One team now stands in their way of becoming 2013 league champions: Kilkenkere. Dynamites must beat Killenkere to seal their position or the honour goes to Longford Torpedoes who beat Dynamites by six points leaving a plus six advantage after winning their home game.
Liby Dynamites U16: N Weldon, S Brennan, S Kearney, R McNally, J Rosenare, C Keenan, N Goodman.
Rosagener leads U14 Girls to win
Cavan Lakers U14 Girls 23-45 Liby Dynamites U14 Girls
Liby Dynamites U14 girls also secured their top four spot with a convincing win over the Lakers thanks to a great team performance.
Instilled with confidence by their coach, Dynamites at no time looked in difficulty throughout this game.
Point guard J Rosagener contributed nine points, setting up play after play allowing Rachel McNally and Amy Kerley run the floor to score at will.
Meanwhile Orla Buckley is beginning to settle in and shows signs of becoming a very good player.
Dynamites won all four quarters with ease but their next game against the league champions in the top four playoffs will be much harder.
Liby Dynamites U14: L Byrne, N Sadler, S Luckie, A Kerley, R McNally, J Rosagener, C Ni Branigan, L Byrne, S Byrne.
Boys just miss out on top four
Cavan Lakers U16 Boys 52-54 Liby Dynamites U16 Boys
Playing their second year together, this U16 Boys team have come on in leaps and bound.
Playing after the magnificent wins by the Dynamites U16 and U14 girls teams it was the turn of the boys to show what a difference a season can make. This very young team pulled out all the shots in a game that had everything for the large support base that follows the Dynamites to all games.
All played their part as the Dynamites had to dig deep on several occasions to overhaul a strong Cavan Lakers team fighting for honours themselves.
The first quarter saw Dynamites tie the score at 12 points apiece and with the visitors spreading the ball around scores came from all angles.
Cavan began to play stronger than the Dynamites and utilised their post plays to more effect causing Dynamites to rake up fouls.
J Kerley, J Smith and E McCabe Savage contributed to all plays while B Rice had a low scoring game but his efforts and commitment goes without question. The star of this game must go to J Rosagener who scored a magnificent 25 points.
Liby Dynamites U16 BOYS: A Goodman, B Rice, J Rosagener, E McCabe Savage, J Kerley, J Smith, J Sadler, M Monahan.