The St Louis Dundalk U16 basketball team which were defeated in the All-Ireland Schools League final. (Credit: St Louis Dundalk Facebook)
St Louis Dundalk were denied the National Double as they were narrowly pipped by Pipers Hill College Kildare in the U16C Girls All-Ireland Schools League final 46-36 at the National Basketball Arena.
The final was a repeat of the U16C Girls Pinergy All-Ireland Schools final, but this time it was the County Kildare school who came out on top.
Pipers Hill’s Mya Pardy got into foul trouble early in the second quarter and had to sit out long periods of the game. This gave the initiative to St. Louis, who trailed by eight midway through the quarter, however they overturned the deficit to lead by five at half-time, 26-21.
The re-introduction of Pardy swung the game back in Pipers Hill’s direction, who found themselves within a single point going into the final quarter, trailing 32-31. A strong fourth quarter from Stephanie Nnabuihe, who scored 11 of her 23 points in the fourth, proved to be the deciding factor.
St. Louis Dundalk were superbly led by captain Sofia Fernandez Bustos, with 24 points, while Sara Ezquerra Rivas (11) and Ines Palacio (3) helped the St. Louis’ cause.
Nnabuihe, on 23, top-scored for Pipers Hill, while co-captain Pardy chipped in with eight points and MVP Kate O’Neill added six points.
St. Louis Dundalk: Grainne Connolly, Sofia Fernandez Bustos, Maryam Moyo, Tawana Gumede, Ines Palacio, Aine Murray, Irene Cabo Alfaro, Sara Ezquerra Rivas, Erin Finnegan, Katie O’Reilly, Lilly Baudy, Beth Brady, Rhiannon Dolan, Mame Gaye, Ciara Whyte.
Coach - Kate O’Byrne
Assistant Coach – Siobhain Higgins
Pipers Hill College: Mya Pardy, Kate O’Neill, Stephanie Nnabuihe, Hannah Gaines, Roisin Carroll, Zara Nolan, Jessica Kacprzak, Lucy Power, Ellie Purcell, Orla Doyle, Aoife McGovern, Ellie Purcell
Coach – Aaron Whelan
Assistant Coach – Keleigh Murphy
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