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KABB Scene: By Murt Murphy   25/01/2016

KABB Scene: 

By Murt Murphy

U-16 Boys Division 2

Cremin and Clifford to the fore for Rathmore

Rathmore Ravens 67 St. Josephs 60 
Rathmore Ravens hosted St. Josephs on Sunday last in what was a truly excellent contest by two very good teams. Ravens were quick to start with some lovely well taken scores by Paul Cremin (6pts), and dominated most of the first quarter but it was Josephs who led 12-11 after the opening quarter.
Second quarter saw James Darmody connecting well with Darragh Rahilly (8pts) to set up some lovely score at the board; this left only a single basket between the sides at the buzzer, with Josephs leading 25-23.
Third quarter was an epic battle between the two sides, with Sean Clifford was excellent at driving through the Josephs defence and notching up 8pts for his team, and Anthony Darmody's 3 pointers in this quarter kept things close heading into the final quarter Rathmore now 41-40 in front. 
The fourth quarter was tense, both teams realising this game hung in the balance and it could go either way. Anthony Darmody's 3 pointers was a good start, it was score for score from here on in on both sides. Rathmore with some lovely moves penetrating Josephs defence saw Sean Clifford and Darragh Rahilly adding to Rathmore's score, but Josephs never gave up and were close on Rathmore's heels. As the buzzer sounded, it was 54-54 apiece, so to overtime. 
Rathmore got off to the better start with Paul Cremin opening the scoring, and then some brilliant free throws by Sean Clifford saw Rathmore play strong in defence, which was the key to their victory.

U-14 Girls Plate – semi-final; 
Delaney seals victory with late baskets 
St Pauls 53 St Bridget’s 45 
St Pauls just get the better of St Bridget’s in this U-14 Plate semi-final but it was a close run affair. 
This stronger Currow team started well, but the girls settled with a good basket from Deirdre Lyne, and a good steal from Ava Doherty led to a Julie Delaney basket. With Ava Doherty driving the team forward, Ava Sheehan got 4 excellent baskets. Two baskets from Tara Murphy and two free throws from Julie saw St Pauls lead 18 to 12.
Lyselle O'Shea held one of Currow’s best players scoreless in the 2nd quarter and some great defence from Treasa O'Sullivan and Evie Culloty got St Pauls moving on the fast break. However 9 points in this quarter from MVP Isabelle Murphy in her best ever performance in a St Pauls jersey was down to great team defence holding Currow to 6 points leaving Pauls 35 to 18 ahead going into the second half.
Currow began pressing full court and the girls made a lot
of mistakes under the pressure, saw Paul only scored 8 points in the quarter but with excellent defence from everyone, held Currow to 12 points. 2 baskets from Isabelle, one Ava Doherty and a free throw each from Julie and Tara kept Pauls in front 43 to 30 heading into the final quarter.
With Currow's full court press tiring the girls out, we started to make a lot of turnovers but a good outside shot from Ava Sheehan steadied the ship and with Jade Potts taking pressure off the ball carriers, breaking the press to score 2 baskets, we were 5 ahead going into the last couple of minutes. Julie Delaney
sealed the win with two baskets on the fast break as the girls showed great heart and teamwork with all of the girls scoring, to beat a strong Currow team on a score of 53 to 45.
St Pauls: Isabelle Murphy 13Ava Sheehan 10, Julie Delaney 9, Tara Murphy 5,

Ladies Div.2 
Third quarter push decisive for Wildcats 
Ballybunion Wildcats 52 St Joseph's 35
A strong third quarter helped Wildcats overcome St Joseph's in the Ladies Div. 2 Co League. The opening quarter was basket for basket with Wildcats Deirdre O'Hanlon and Trish Browne contributing from inside and outside respectively while Emma Sexton for St Joseph's insured that there was only the minimum between the sides at the end of the quarter. The second quarter saw Trish Browne again drive the home team on while Sexton and Rihanna McNulty kept the visitors in touch as Wildcats led 25 - 20 at half time. 
The third quarter was the decisive quarter in the game as Wildcats through Browne again and Steff Blake pushed the home team on with some lovely baskets. McNulty again tried to keep St Joseph's in touch but they were finding it very hard to break down the Wildcats defence as the home side held a 16 point lead entering the final quarter. 
The fourth quarter was played out in the same fashion as the first quarter with both teams going basket for basket. McNulty again for St Joseph's ably assisted by Susan O'Carroll kept St Joseph's scores ticking over but it was Wildcats through some nice baskets from Blake again who deservedly emerged victorious.

U/16 Boys Div. 2 
Cahersiveen quick of the mark 
St. Bridget’s 33 Cahersiveen 49

Cahersiveen had the upper hand in the first 2 quarters in John Mitchells Hall on Thursday night leading at half time 25 -15. However St Bridget’s came into the game in the 3rd quarter out scoring their opponents but in the final quarter St. Bridget’s had no reply to Cahersiveen fast breaks. 
Top scorers St Bridget’s: Padraig Fleming 22pts and Cahersiveen Alan Gagging and Liam Sugrue 10 each

Senior Ladies Div. 1

Ni Mhuircheartaigh free throws snatches win for Cougars

Killarney Cougars 55 St Marys 54
The top two in the league both unbeaten so far in the league met in the Pres Gym on Tuesday evening and the Cougars came through to take the points thanks to two free throws from Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh with just two seconds remaining to give Cougars the lead for the first time in the game. 
St Marys held the advantage throughout the game leading by 10 points early in the second half with Cougars very slow to get their game going against the well organised visitors. St Marys led 17 - 12 at the end of the opening qtr. as they enjoyed a good spread of scores from Mags Daly, Joanne Riordan and Philomena O'Connor. 
Cougars struggled through the early stage but the three point shooting of Cassandra Buckley kept Cougars in touch. 
The teams went basket for basket through the second and third qtrs. with St Marys leading 42-37 heading into the final qtr. Cougars had the best spell of the game in the final quarter and came with a late press to tie the game in the final minute 53 - 53. St Marys had the opportunity to make the game safe but missed four three throws in final minute before Tracey Hartnett shot one free throw with 9 seconds on the clock to give the visitors the lead 54 - 53 before Cougars responded after a timeout with Ni Mhuircheartaigh being fouled going to the basket with two seconds on the clock and she calmly made both as the buzzer sounded to give the determined Cougars a very late victory. 
Best for Cougars were Cassandra Buckley 17pts Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh 17pts Aislinn Leonard and Amanda Brosnan with Philomena O'Connor 19pts, Mags O'Donoghue 10pts, Joanne Brosnan 10pts and Mags Daly all impressing for Castleisland

Ladies Div. 2
Raymond inspires St Brendan’s to victory 
KCYMS 54 St. Brendan’s 72

St. Brendan’s Senior Ladies travelled to play KCYMS in the Ladies Div. 2 County League and came away from Killorglin with a great win. Brendan’s got off to a slow start but in an evenly contested opening quarter the sides were locked together at 23-23 at the end of the first. Brendan’s began to find their scoring range in the second and steadily built up a 44-32 lead at half time. A mix of great defence and accuracy in offence say Brendan’s make the most of the opportunities in the third quarter and led 61-45 at three quarter time. The visitors were able to rely on some fast break baskets in the final quarter and easily saw out the win on a final scoreline of 72-54. 
Top Scorers: Linda Raymond 18, Laura Griffin 16, Jillian Kerins 14
Div.2 Ladies 
Cougars just tame the Wildcats 
Ballybunion Wildcats 40 Killarney Cougars 42
Killarney Cougars made the journey to Ballybunion short a number of their regular players but still came away with the win. The home side dominated the first quarter with Michelle O'Rourke causing the Cougars defence all sorts of problems while Fiona McSweeney kept the visitors in touch as Wildcats held a six point lead at the end of the first quarter. The visitors took complete control in the second quarter with their defence completely on top and with four different players getting on the score sheet for them with McSweeney again and Eimear O'Shea doing most of the damage to leave Cougars leading 21-16 at the half time buzzer. The home side rallied well in the third quarter with Antoinette Costello, Gina O'Sullivan and Trish Byrne all contributing some great scores but Katie Talbot for the visitors ensured that they still held on to a one point lead entering the final 10 minutes. Michelle O'Rourke and Trish Byrne kept the pressure on the visitors with some lovely baskets but it Talbot again and Abigail Graham who closed out the game for Cougars.

U-12 –Div.2 Boys:

Young Teahan on the Buzzer

Gneeveguilla 35 Cahersiveen 39

The first score of the game went to Ross o Leary of Gneeveguilla with a 3 point play; however this was followed by another 3 point play by Ronan Teahan for the visitors. Sean Finnegan (6pts), while Ronan Teahan had scored 11pts.At the end of the first quarter the visitors led 13pts to 5 pts.
The second quarter saw Sean Finnegan hit a purple patch for Gneeveguilla with 6 pts as Breece O’Sullivan battled hard at this stage to keep the visitors in touch. End of the second quarter 17-21 to the Cahersiveen.
The third quarter saw Gneeveguilla gain the upper hand in proceedings with Hurly and O’Leary to the fore. Cahersiveen were finding it hard to keep up and can thank Teahan and some good defensive work by Tomas Kelly for only trailing by a basket at the end of the 3rd quarter 27-25.
The 4th quarter was real helter skelter stuff as the lead changed a total of 8 times. Those fortunate to be present witnessed the stars of tomorrow going all out with their hearts intent in winning the game .With the score tied at 31pts a piece up stepped Ross O’Leary with 5 seconds left for what looked like the winner for Gneeveguilla. Cahersiveen in bounded the ball to Ronan Teahan who speed dribbled up the floor, jump stopped just over the half way line. The ball swished through the basket as the buzzer sounded. There were wild scenes of jubilation as Cahersiveen thought they had won the game by a point , however 3 pointers don’t count at U.12 level and only 2 point were awarded, so overtime was required. 
In overtime Ross O’Leary struck first for the home side but a big basket from Sam Driscoll and another 3 baskets from the MVP Ronan Teahan ensured Cahersiveen won this exciting game by four 
Scores - Gneeveguilla - Ross O’Leary 13pts, Sean Finnegan 8 pts 
Cahersiveen - Ronan Teahan 29pts, Breece O’Sullivan 4 pts.


St Annes 40 St Marys 46

ST MARYS RETAIN THEIR 100% LEAGUE RECORD IN FARRANFORE FIGHTBACK St Anne’s hosted Castleisland in a hard fought close game in Farranfore on Friday evening, in both teams’ first game of 2016. The visitors started the first quarter well, with 7 points from an impressive Tadhg O Shea, giving St Marys a 1st quarter lead of 16 to 9. The 2nd quarter saw the visitors extend their lead to 16 before the home side fought their way back into the game, which included Jason Brennan scoring 7 second quarter points for the Farranfore boys, leaving them trailing at half time by 8 points. The 3rd quarter saw both defences give outstanding displays and this quarter was tied at 8 apiece. The game was all to play for going into the final quarter, and while the home side edged this quarter with some excellent full court pressing, they were unable to catch St Marys who went on to win this highly entertaining game by 6 points, leaving the final score St Anne’s 40 St Marys 46. St Annes: J Brennan (11), Brosnan (6), Callaghan (6), O’Leary (6), T O’Riordan (5), C.Ring (4), Henderson (3), Sullivan. St. Marys: Bradley (11), T.O’Shea (7), PJ.Curtin (7), O’Donovan (6), O’Donoghue (6), McCarthy (5), Broderick (3), N Pudtkalic (1).

St Bridget’s 30 Killarney Cougars 28 
This was a close encounter throughout the game. With St.Bridgets at home they were first to get off the mark. Cougars responded well and lead at the end of the first quarter by 6pt to 4pt.St Bridget’s were the better team in the second quarter with a good spread of scorers.
Cougars responded well in the third quarter. However it was the 4th quarter that was the most exciting. Cougars led by 3pts with less than 30 seconds on the clock. A basket by St Bridget’s in the final seconds and a free throw had the team’s level at full time on 28pts each.
After an extra 3 minutes the only basket scored was for St Bridget’s and this decided the outcome. Top scorers for Cougars was Harry Kelly on 12pts and Currow top scorers were shared by John O’Connor and Cathal Brosnan on 7pts each.

Boys U14 Div. 3 Plate Quarter Final
St. Pauls 26 St. Brendan’s 41

Brendan’s travelled to the Aura in Killarney for their second game of the Div. 3 plate competition. As both teams warmed up it was clear that the St. Pauls team had a serious height and size advantage over the Brendan’s boys. Brendan’s pressured the Paul’s offence giving little room for them to manoeuvre. Graham Sheehy and Sean Dillane forced turnovers and took off on the fast break yielding some precious scores. Garry Lynch’s ball-handling and passing was assured providing a solid base from which Brendan’s formidable offence was launched. Ryan McHugh and Sam McCarthy played bigger than their stature, boxing out and securing rebounds in offence and defence. After the first quarter Brendan’s led 9 -3. Paul’s fought back in the second quarter using their size and strength to good effect. Liam Kingston broke through the Paul’s defence to score a basket and Jack Clapham followed this with a lovely shot. In defence Matthew Hussey and Sam McCarthy battled hard with the Paul’s big men limiting them to 4 baskets in the quarter but at a cost of 4 fouls for Sam. At half-time just one basket divided the teams. In the second half Brendan’s really applied themselves and their defence stood solid. Daniel Bowler was incredible and secured rebound after rebound only to emerge from between the two Paul’s ‘giants’ and make the pass that initiated the Brendan’s offence. With a combination of good movement, smooth passing, steals and fast breaks saw Brendans score double Paul’s total of 8 in the quarter. The final quarter continued in the same vein with Graham Sheehy and Garry Lynch scoring at will. Brendan’s emerged victorious on a final scoreline of 41–26. The semi-final will be a local derby meeting with Tralee Tigers and promises to be an enthralling game.

Players & scorers: Graham Sheehy 15; Garry Lynch 14; Sean Dillane 6; Liam Kingston 2; Daniel Bowler 2; Jack Clapham; Matthew Hussey; Ryan McHugh; Sam McCarthy.

Boys U12 Div. 3
St. Anne’s 20 St. Brendan’s 24

St. Brendan’s travelled to St. Anne’s and came away with a well-earned four point win. All thirteen players enjoyed court time as Brendan’s worked had for their victory. The game opened brightly for both sides but it was Brendan’s that led by 8-4 at quarter time. The home side fought back and took a two-point lead 12-10 into the half time break. The second half was score for score as both teams looked for the decisive scores. Brendan’s found themselves 3 points down with four minutes on the clock but managed to see out the game in great style by landing seven unanswered points to win the game on a scoreline of 24-20. Fiachra O’Connor with 8 points and David Scally with 7 top scored for Brendan’s.

Team: Liam Og O’Connor, Braiden Pierce, David Scally, Joseph O’Sullivan, Jack Murphy, Seamus Lucey, Shane Kelly, Ruairi O’Halloran (c), Dean Hourigan, Lucca Carroll, Fiachra O’Connor, Shane Cotter, Brendan Timothy

Boys U12 Div 3
Rathmore Ravens 31 St. Brendan’s 19 
This was the third successive win by this young Rathmore team who seem to have found their groove since the pool games. They started well with baskets from Ciaran Collins, Darragh Nagle and Michael Dennehy giving them a 6 point lead in the first quarter. Great defence work by Cian Twomey, David McCarthy and Jack Buckley thwarted the opposition’s scoring attempts and allowed Rathmore to stay ahead of St Brendan’s, who showed great heart throughout the game and rallied well in the final quarter with some nice scores. However, great rebounding by Michael McSweeney, ably assisted by Kasper Kaminski and Dinny Murphy under the board ensured Rathmore were ahead by the final whistle

U14 Girls Div.2 
Sheehan on fire for Pauls 
St Pauls 55 St Bridget’s 48 
Under 14 girls played Currow in the league last Saturday 9/1/16 in Community College in a very exciting game - St Pauls won on a scoreline of 55 to 48.
Currow started without any of their stronger players and the girls took advantage holding Currow scoreless with great defense and got out on the fast break with baskets from Tara Murphy, Ava Doherty, 2 from Deirdre Lyne, 3 from Julie Delaney and 4 baskets from Ava Sheehan. This left the girls ahead 22 to 0 at end of quarter.
Currow now introduced their strongest 5 players and scored a few quick baskets to put our girls under pressure but they responded well with good defense from Lyselle O'Shea and Jade Potts, leading to baskets from Isabelle Murphy and Evie Culloty. A good pass from Treasa O'Sullivan led to Isabelle being fouled and she made both free throws to leave the score at half time 28 to 13.
Currow stuck to their strong 5 and our girls matched them toe to toe, despite Currow scoring with some very difficult shots by the outstanding Ciara Fitzgerald. Our girls scored great baskets by MVP Julie Delaney (8), Ava Sheehan (3), Ava Doherty (3) and a basket by Deirdre Lyne. 
Currow started pressing in the final quarter and the girls lost their composure for a few minutes with only a basket from Jade Potts and Treasa O'Sullivan keeping us ahead as Currow got closer and our girls missing a lot of free throws. There was only 5 points in it with a minute to go, but a free throw each from Lyselle, Julie, Isabelle and Ava Doherty kept us clear until a basket from Ava Sheehan finished the game in our favour, final score 55 to 48.
Another good performance from the girls with all 10 scoring and missing the injured Leah Burke.
Team: Tara Murphy 4, Ava Doherty 6, Julie Delaney 15, Ava Sheehan 13, Deirdre Lyne 5, Isabelle Murphy 5, Evie Culloty 2, Jade Potts 2, Treasa O'Sullivan 2, Lyselle O'Shea 1.

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