Portlaoise Panthers got an excellent start with a good win over the Waterford Wildcats in their opening game of the Kilkenny League.
From the start Portlaoise took control of the game with baskets from Sinead Brady and Rachel Glynn.
The defence played by the girls was excellent and they force the wildcats to turn the ball over on a few occasions, with Aisling Fleming and Elenor Healy Leading by example.
Siobhan McEvoy caught numerous rebounds and worked extremely hard on both ends of the floor and she was rewarded with a basket. Portlaoise took a good lead in the first quarter and they did not let it go.
Portlaoise started the second quarter as they had finished. Grainne Reilly led the way with a few baskets. Portlaoise kept the intensity up on defence and there was excellent rebounding from Marveat Shabawale.
Excellent passing from Ciara Douglas and Siobhan Murphy lead to more baskets. The quarter was ended with a fine basket from Caoimhe Sweeney. Wildcats didn’t let their intensity down and they got on the scoreboard with an excellent basket. Portlaoise started the second half well with Glynn getting another couple of baskets. There was excellent defence played by both teams. Ella Byrne got some brilliant rebounds.
Ailbhe Quinn and Keva Fingelton got numerous steals. The quarter ended with Portlaoise leading comfortable.
Portlaoise pulled away in the final quarter with some superb baskets by Jessie Preston and Shabawale. Ella Byrne was rewarded for her hard work with a well taken basket.
Grainne Reilly finished the game the way she started scoring baskets. Portlaoise end comfortable winners and it was a tremendous win for them and coach Shay Dooley.
Thanks to all who came down and supported the girls on Sunday.