Calasanctius College of Galway have been crowned Pinergy U16A All-Ireland Schools Cup Champions after a well-contested game against Kerry’s Mercy Mounthawk, with the scoreline ending up 40-26.
MVP was Kate Burke who starred with a 15-point captain’s performance for Calasanctius College.
Calasanctius College started on the front foot from the start with Laoise McDonagh knocking down a pair of free throws, followed up by a couple from the influential Aisling Jordan to give the Galway school a 9-4 lead after the first.
It was a case of the Oranmore-based school being more efficient being on offence with Kate Burke and Grace McAnespie popping up with crucial scores.
Anna Collins broke well to finish off a fast Mercy Mounthawk offensive move to cut the gap to eight.
🪣 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙥𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙩— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 19, 2023
Anna Collins finished the move for @MounthawkMercy , but they’re down 25-17 in the third of the @Pinergy U16A All Ireland Schools Cup final against Calasanctius College. 🏆🏀
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To their credit, Mercy Mounthawk supporters and players alike didn’t stop until the final buzzer. Lucy O’Connor capped off a brilliant performance with a no-look basket late in the fourth.
It was Calasanctius College’s day though, they closed out the game well, as captain Kate Burke lifted the Pinergy U16A All-Ireland Schools Cup to the delight of the travelling supporters.
🏆 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 @CalaCollGalway— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 19, 2023
They’re @pinergyie U16A All-Ireland Schools Cup Champions after a 26-40 win over @mercymounthawk. 🏀✅#PinergySchoolsCup pic.twitter.com/zc5VybcOIt
Q1: 4-9 Q2: 12-23 Q3: 19-27 Q4: 26-40
Mercy Mounthawk: Anna Collins 9, Lucy O’Connor 8, Kelly Fitzgerald 4
Calasanctius College: Kate Burke 15, Aisling Jordan 12, Jessica Ross 7
Mercy Mounthawk: Rebecca O’Mahony, Anna Collins, Lisa Slattery, Eva Costello, Kelly Fitzgerald, Grace Reilly, Lucy O’Connor, Lucy Grattan, Emily Flynn, Ciara Costello, Saoirse McCarthy, Lily May O’Gara, Katie Casey, Sophie Mitchell.
Coach: Liam Culloty
Asst Coach: Laura Rogers
Calasanctius College: Aisling Jordan, Kate Burke, Jessica Ross, Grace McAnespie, Ellie Martyn, Isabelle Schumacher, Bibi Hogan, Cara Cormican, Laoise McDonagh, Katie Ross, Laura Colleran, Kate Butler