Seventh heaven for Team Montenotte Hotel - Mar 20, 2016
Team Montenotte Hotel fought off DCU Mercy to win 72-69 at the Watershed in Kilkenny and secure the 2016 Women's Premier League playoffs. In doing so, the Glanmire side moved past Wildcats and UL Huskies to the top of the all-time list with seven wins. 'It's game like that that you want to win,' said captain Aine McKenna (165-PG-89). 'We were six points down and we came back to win by three. It's unreal.' Mercy made a significant move in the third quarter. Aoife McDermott (185-C-91) was playing her best game of the season as DCU Mercy used their strength inside to good effect. The Sligo native had 23 points in the first thirty minutes as they build a six-point lead on three separate occasions in the game. Mairead McNally (175-G-88, college: Stetson) was also playing well while Fionnuala Toner (175-G, college: MacMurray) won a number of rounds in her running battle with Grainne Dwyer (F-84). Dwyer's cross-over laden full-court drive caught the eye though while Team Montenotte Hotel's bench outscored Mercy's 14-9. Aine McKenna made the first scoring impact in the game but Sarah Woods (174-G-88) wasn't long warming up as DCU moved into an 11-5 lead. Team Montenotte Hotel set a blistering pace in transition through Dwyer to reply with a 12-0 run capped by Hayley Lenihan. Painter had missed her first five attempts as Mercy failed to convert good offensive rebounding into baskets. TMH meanwhile had 12 second-chance points in the first half and levelled the game at 32-32 at the break. Team Montenotte Hotel's intensity reached critical mass in the fourth quarter. Painter and McDermott were restricted to five points down the stretch and Chantell Alford (178-G-91, college: Boston U., agency: Gamble Sports Management)'s fourth three-pointer put seven points between the sides. DCU Mercy had finished top of the table for the regular season and were determined to take the game to the wire. There was a chance to level the game with a second remaining but the Dublin side were faced with a swarming defence and and Sarah Woods' overhead effort fell short. 'It wasn't a day for stars, it was a day for dogged defence, hard work and a great team effort,' said Coach Mark Scannell . 'This is where we set out our stall and we've won our leagues on the last day of the season. There's girls have been through it all and continued to produce. They batter each other in training every night and when it got down and dirty today we found a way to win.' Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Cork's Team Montenotte take third straight national title with commanding victory over Killester - Jan 31, 2016
GLANMIRE'S TEAM MONTENOTTE Hotel put on a clinic in Tallaght this evening, claiming their third straight national title with a dominant 96 - 64 win over Pyrobel Killester. The makes the Cork side Ireland's most successful women's basketball club. The worrying signs were there from very early on for the Dubliners in the National Basketball Arena, an excellent Raeshel Contreras (170-G, college: S.Dakota) three-pointer was immediately cancelled out by Aine McKenna (165-PG-89) at the other end. Montenotte Hotel were relentless in defence and thrived on Killester errors which they clinically turned in to points on with a smooth transition. With Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) (who finished with 11 points) strong under the rim, McKenna (18)threatening outside the paint and Chantell Alford (178-G-91, college: Boston U., agency: Gamble Sports Management) (21) getting better and better with each passing minute, Glanmire built themselves a commanding 31 - 14 lead by the end of the quarter. At that point Pyrobel Killester coach Karl Kilbride told his side that if errors could be limited, then the Cork women couldn't sustain their 31-points per quarter rate. He was right, but it proved to be tempting fate as Glanmire kept the foot on the pedal, sinking another 31 to make it a 62 - 34 advantage by the end of the second period. Killester continued to battle on dutifully, despite the mountain they had to climb and an injury hampering Contreras - though not enough to dull her out-shooting every other player on the court with 35 points. However, with the cushion built up in the first half, Glanmire were comfortable in containing on defence, forcing errors and taking their time in attack. By the fourth quarter, the result was in the bag and only the century of points evaded the Cork champs. Courtesy of: the42.ie
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