Thursday 13th January was the final fixture of the 2016-17 Basketball years for the Convent of Mercy Senior and Cadets teams. Mohall Sports Complex was the venue for the Season finale of the North-West Region. The Roscommon ladies made a clean sweep, starting with wins for all 3 teams in their respective semi-finals. The senior girls lead the way in their opening semi-final versus Carrigallen. Roscommon's first 5 of TY student Rosie O Mara, fifth year students Niamh Shanagher and Aisling Greene along with veteran sixth year students Casey Keane and Genevieve Harlow combined brilliantly to give a masterclass in offence, setting a blistering pace to the game by storming to an eleven point lead, after the first quarter with scores from Aisling Greene, Casey Keane and Niamh Shanagher. The second quarter saw sixth Year students Ruth Walsh and Alison Downie enter the fray along with fifth year student Jennifer McCormack. Their incessant hard work defensively paid dividends as they held the Carrigallen ladies completely scoreless in this quarter, thus maintaining a comfortable lead at halftime. Sixth year Sinéad Harrington and fifth year Ellen Doorley excelled in setting up Casey and Niamh who continued to capitalise on good distribution of the ball on the court. Carrigallen were running out of time to stage a come-back and in the final quarter Sinéad, Rosie, Ellen, Ruth and Aisling did enough to ensure that their team finished on a winning margin of nine points. Unfortunately the senior team were without TY students Caroline Lapina, Áine Earley, Síofra Mahon and Hannah Ward due to their participation in the BT Young Scientists Competition. The cadette A team comprised of all third year students faced St. Columba's from Stranorlar in their semi-final. Sarah McTiernan, Anne Higgins, Rachel O’ Grady, Tara Crowley and Siobhán Hoare managed to hold the Donegal ladies scoreless in the first quarter with Sarah McTiernan opening the scoring. The second quarter saw Louise Fetherston, Lauren McNeill, Ciara Fallon, and Áine Keenan along with Sarah upholding a watertight defence, which meant that Roscommon lead at halftime. In the third quarter Rachel and Louise were in scoring form with four points each. Louise and Sarah proceeded to add to their tally in the last quarter which ensured the victory with nine points to spare. Next up were Roscommon Cadette B team who faced DVS in their semi-final. The team comprised of all third years were without TY student Ciara O’ Connor on the day. Chloe Egan, Courtney Kelly, Ciara Gacquin, Lauren McNamara and Róisín Grady provided a formidable opposition for DVS in the first quarter with Chloe and Ciara scoring at ease. Shauna Mannion-Feeley, Cheyenne Hunt, Hazel Murray, Alannah O’ Malley along with Chloe were relentless in the second quarter and succeeded in keeping a clean sheet defensively with scores from Shauna and the ever-accurate Chloe. In the third quarter Courtney and Shauna again registered scores and the unerring Ciara Gacquin added six to her personal tally. The last quarter saw the girls seal their twenty point victory with a superb basket from Róisín Grady. The pairings for the finals were set up with Roscommon v DVS in the Senior Final. Roscommon were devastating in the first quarter with Niamh, Casey and Genevieve opening up a margin of seven points between the sides. Roscommon again managed to outscore DVS on the narrowest of margins in the second quarter, this time thanks to Jennifer and stalwart Alison. Roscommon shaded the third quarter with the deadly Kilbride duo of Casey and Niamh racking up the scores. Niamh put the icing on the cake with a sublime three-pointer in response to an earlier DVS score. Pride again for Kilbride with Jennifer McCormack completing the scoring which meant that the senior team were North-West Champions 2017 in a closely contested Final.
Pictured above are the Convent of Mercy Senior Basketball team Back Row L-R: Casey Keane, Sinéad Harrington, Ruth Walsh, Alison Downey. Front Row L-R: Rosie O’Mara, Aisling Greene, Niamh Shanagher, Ellen Doorley and Jennifer McCormack