THERE was delight once more this weekend for UL Huskies as they recorded their second consecutive win in the Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One with an 83-75 point win over Swords Thunder in Limerick on Saturday evening.
Both sides came into the game with one win each following the opening rounds of this year’s season, but Abbie Jeffrey (28 points) and Abbie Goodsell (24 points) proved to be the difference on the night, as, despite being down by 15 points early on, they helped edge Huskies into a 51-46 point lead at half-time.
A huge display from Swords’ Peggy Black, which saw her finish on 28 points, kept the Dubliners in it right up until the end, but the experience of Orlaith Woods down the stretch – who finished with 19 points – helped the hosts home to another victory.
Speaking afterwards, head coach David Keogh stated: “We’re delighted with the result against a very well coached Swords team. The players showed great poise to pull back an early 15-point deficit. Peggy Black had a phenomenal game for Swords but a great breakout game from Abbey Jeffrey with 28 points saw us across the line.”
It was double delight for UL teams indeed as UL Sports Eagles also recorded a big win over near neighbours, LIT, in a big Limerick derby.
The hosts were in control from the off, driving into an early 64-28 point half time lead, with Tarchee Brown doing the most damage for Eagles, finishing the game with 31 points.
A strong second half display from LIT saw them begin to trouble Eagles, but the damage had already been done and the hosts cruised home to a 101-70 point win in the end.
Speaking afterwards, head coach Matthew Hall stated: “We had a fantastic first half which started from our defence and we got into a good rhythm. As expected, LIT came back strongly in the second half and put us under pressure, but with our confidence very high after the first half, the guys where able to get a much needed win. The level of consistency was a little better and something we are working hard to improve on.”
Limerick Celtics meanwhile had two tough losses in both the Men’s and Women’s Division One leagues. The men’s team hosted the unbeaten Tradehouse Central Ballincollig in a cracking game in Limerick on Saturday evening and looked like they were on the road to an upset early on as they drove into an early 25-19 point lead at the end of the first.
Turrell Morris led the way for the hosts, finishing out with 21 points, but Ballincollig began to show why they’re leading the Southern Conference unbeaten, as the experience of Ian McLoughlin (31 points), Andre Nation (26 points) and Ciaran O’Sullivan (16 points) saw them take the lead at half time and drive on from there to win out 80-90 in the end.
Over in the Women’s Division One, Celtics’ had a tough journey up to a strong Ulster University Elks side. A huge first half display from the visitors saw them within three at half time, trailing 44-41, with Frannie Frazier once more the leading scoring, seeing out the game with a whopping 41 points.
Elks were not to be defeated on their home turf though and Kollyns Scarbrough (39 points) led them home to a 96-68 point win.