Heywood travelled to Portlaoise Thursday night looking to end Portlaoise Panther’s unbeaten league run but they were no match for a strong Portlaoise side.
LADIES MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION 2
Portlaoise Panthers 53
Heywood Hoops 30
Portlaoise started with a changed first five from previous games and they worked well together to give Portlaoise a great start. Scores from Danielle Keane and Niamh Sweeney saw Portlaoise take a convincing fifteen point lead after ten minutes, Portlaoise 20 Heywood 5.
Portlaoise came out in the second quarter intent on continuing their impressive start. Heywood started to play good basketball but was unable to break Portlaoises’ defence. Portlaoise continued to put pressure on the away side with baskets from Rebecca Kelly and Anna Fraizer. Coach Shane O Neill decided to change up the team resulting in great rebounding and scores from Dorothy Fahy and Leanne Hayes. Portlaoise were now in control and extended their lead out to nineteen by half time with the scoreboard reading Portlaoise 32 Heywood 13.
Heywood started the third quarter with some excellent work opportunities putting the pressure back onto Portlaoise. Coach Shane O’Neill called a time out to freshen up things. Portlaoise started back with lay ups off the fast break from Amy Dunphy and Aoife Brennan. Heywood fought hard to continue their comeback with fine baskets from Patrice. But Portlaoise’s defence was just too strong and at the end of the third quarter, it stood Portlaoise 44 Heywood 20.
Portlaoise coach Shane O’Neill again rotated the team, but also kept it strong, to see out the fourth quarter with outstanding rebounding from Rebecca Kelly. Portlaoise remained calm and moved the ball around, and continued to add scores from Danielle Keane, Niamh Sweeney and Rebecca Kelly to finish well deserved winners to continue their winning ways on a scoreline of 53-30.
Portlaoise Panthers Team: Jane Dowling, Dorothy Fahy, Amy Dunphy, Leanne Hayes, Donna O’Connell, Anna Fraizer, Sharon Regan, Rebecca Kelly, Niamh Sweeney, Emma Scully, Danielle Keane, Aoife Brennan, Zoe O’Dea, Grace Delaney. Coach: Shane O’Neill