The Portlaoise Panthers U-16 girls continued their Midland League campaign on Saturday last in Old Leighlin, Carlow with a game against their local rivals Kestrels.
The girls got off to a flying start with a score from the tip off by Erone Fitzpatrick. The strength and intensity of the Portlaoise defense made it very difficult for Kestrels to create any scoring chances. The offensive attack was led by Maeve Phelan setting up some great opportunities for Claire Melia who capitalised on every chance. Ailbhe Griffin had a very good game notching up six consecutive points in the first quarter.
Aisling McCauley started the second quarter very strong setting up the girls opening two baskets. This trend continued throughout the first half and the Portlaoise girls were well out of sight by half time holding their opponents to only a couple of baskets.
The second half gave the opportunity for all players to play their part and showed great depth in the talent of the Portlaoise bench. Roisin Quigley picked up some great defensive rebounds to help set up her team mates for some fast break.
This game saw nine different players on the scoresheet all coming from great teamwork and skill from all players. The attacking power of the Portlaoise girls was unstoppable and defensively they were outstanding holding their opponents to only eight baskets in the game.
Portlaoise Panthers Team: Sophie Delahunt, Ellen Connolly, Ellen Dunphy, Sekenat Shabowale, Erone Fitzpatrick, Maeve Phelan, Aishling McCauley, Aine Seale, Ailbhe Griffin, Claire Melia, Beth Carroll, Roisin Quigley.