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Trinity Meteors shot down in big Glanmire showdown

by Aaron Dunne
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It’s advantage The Address UCC Glanmire in the race for the Super League title, defeating Trinity Meteors 80-64, but Glanmire head coach Mark Scannell insists “there is still a long way to go” in the season.

Both sides had identical 12-1 records going into this game, but it was the Cork club who came out on top this time, having been twice beaten by Trinity Meteors this season, in the league and cup.

Trinity Meteors were up by seven points, 17-10, six minutes into the first quarter and ahead by six, 32-26, at the same point in the second quarter.

But it was The Address UCC Glanmire in front by the slenderest of margins at half-time, 41-40.

The home side pushed on in the third, captain Áine McKenna with 10 of her 15 points in the quarter to help put them 60-51 up going into the fourth.

 Brittany Byrd top scored for the victors with 26 points, but Scannell was quick to point out the overall team performance. “We’re delighted with the win, we played great and got huge contributions all over the floor. Amy (Dooley) was unreal on the boards and I’m delighted to see Áine (McKenna) and Claire (O’Sullivan) continue to play at such a high level. They set the standard today. Again our bench made huge contributions, I’m delighted with our Americans also. We now wish Mia (Furlong) and all the Irish team all the best in the Czech Republic. There is still a long way to go, Meteors really put it up to us today they have a super team and are thrilled to get the win.”

DCU Mercy maintained their grip on third spot with an 85-68 win over i3PT Fr. Mathews. Head coach Mark Ingle said: “I thought it was a very scrappy game, but we were happy with the win. We pulled away early and Fr. Mathews kept coming back at us. We will have to be better in 10 days’ time.”

Hannah Thornton put in a big performance for DCU Mercy, with 17 points, before today’s FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifier in the Czech Republic.

Karli Seay proved to be the game-winner for Waterford Wildcats hitting 15 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter to help them to a 73-65 win at University of Galway Mystics on Saturday, as they clawed back a 12 point deficit at the end of the third. National Cup champions Killester joined Waterford Wildcats on a 7-6 record, following their 81-69 win over Singleton SuperValu Brunell. Mark Grennell’s side were fast out of the blocks, 23-10 ahead at the end of the first quarter, and never looked back. Chyna Latimer, fresh from being named Super League player of the month for January, continued her excellent form with another 30 points. Ireland captain Edel Thornton once again headed Singleton SuperValu Brunell’s scoring, with 26.

Killester head coach Mark Grennell said: “Tough game against a good team. Keeping Edel (Thornton) to ‘only’ 26 was the key. We played excellent in spurts, but credit to them they kept coming back at us. We will focus now on next week in Waterford and see if we can get a run going.” DCU Mercy’s Hannah Thornton was in great form ahead of Ireland’s clash with Czech Republic.

Featured image: 7 January 2023; Hannah Thornton of DCU Mercy during the Basketball Ireland Paudie O’Connor Cup Semi-Final match between DCU Mercy and Trinity Meteors at Neptune Stadium in Cork.

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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