Pyrobel Killester 62 Meteors 49
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Parochial Hall

Pyrobel Killester set up up a final showdown with fellow Dubliners DCU Mercy, with a 13-point win over Meteors in the Hula Hoops Women’s U20 National Cup semi-final at Parochial Hall on Saturday afternoon.
A fourth-quarter fight-back inspired by Ash McCann saw the reigning champions secure their place at the national finals at the end of the month.
Top scorer McCann opened the scoring with a neat left-handed drive, but Meteors replied perfectly with the first of two three-pointers from point-guard Lauren Mitchell, while Rachel Rice added four points to give Karen Hennessy’s side an early six-point cushion.
Shauna Fox added a nice tip-in for Meteors and despite the best efforts of Holly Marie Cassidy for Killester, their opponents would lead 21-8 at the end of the first.
Killester came alive in the second quarter as McCann nailed four frees, a three-pointer and a drive to bring the reigning champions within seven points. With just a three-deep bench, tiredness began to take its toll on Meteors, with Lauren Mitchell and Rachel Rice both picking up fouls.
Led by Aoife O’Halloran, McCann and Ali Connolly, Killester began to capitalise on their neighbour’s lesser fortunes to come just three points shy at half-time, 26-29.
In the third quarter the game came to life with McCann and Rice providing the entertainment value.
Meteors kept their lead courtesy of Olivia Reid and Lizzie McGonnell combining for five points, but the two Alis – Connolly and Cleary – tag-teamed, both finishing fastbreaks. But it would be the huge three-pointers netted by Lyons, McCann (2) and Connolly that would see Killester take just their second lead of the game as they entered the final quarter (46-45).
Having regained the lead, Killester had no intentions of losing it, and with McCann mesmerising, and substitutes Sarah Malone and Maria Long also contributing, they ensured their return to the National Stadium.
Speaking following his side’s win, coach Ciaran Roe was impressed with his team’s second-half display.
“It was much improved. We didn’t come out and compete in the first quarter and it was quite disappointing but to be fair to the girls they fought through and luckily we came out on top. It’s DCU next now and they have plenty of talent and it’s going to be a tough battle,” he added.

PYROBEL KILLESTER: Ash McCann (21), Ali Connolly (14), Ali Cleary, Aoife O’Halloran (12), Maria Long, . Subs: Holly Marie Carthy, Amelia McGuinness, Laura Lyons, Sarah Malone, Rachel Jameson, Gabrielle Pozzo di Borgo, Ciara Murphy.
METEORS: Ciara McCarthy, Olivia Reid (C), Lauren Mitchell (10), Lizzie McGonnell (13), Rachel Rice (14). Subs: Sophie Barron, Bethany Thompson, Shauna Fox, Orla Walsh, Katarina Cvetkovic.
Pyrobel Killester 62 Meteors 49
Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Aisling McCann 21, Ali Connolly 14, Aoife O Halloran 12
Top scorers Meteors: Rachel Rice 14, Lizzie McGonnell 13, Lauren Mitchell 10
Half time score: Killester 26-29 Meteors


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