Wildcats blitzed by Meteors

Wildcat's Claire Leavey heads towards the Meteors basket.                      Photo : Noel Browne

Wildcat's Claire Leavey heads towards the Meteors basket. Photo : Noel Browne

Having suffered a heavy defeat to Dublin Meteors in the capital just a week ago, Maxol WIT Wildcats were hopeful of upsetting the odds against the same opposition at home in the Mercy sports hall last Saturday night.

From the tip off hopes got even higher as Helena Rohan hit three consecutive baskets and put Wildcats ahead 6-0 after two minutes. However that’s when the wheels fell off for Wildcats. Meteors simply took over and blitzed away any hope Wildcats had with superb shooting and quality finishing. The Dublin side led 40 points to 18 at the half way stage and finished comfortable winners 68-47 in what was a top class team performance.

In spite of the heavy defeat Wildcats had one bright light in Helena Rohan who was simply magic on the night and many wonderful baskets that saw her finish the game as top scorer with 26 points.

After that was Claire Leavey with seven and Sinead Deegan on four points. Wildcats two inside players had a most disappointing return with just two points each. Overall in spite of their fighting spirit Wildcats fell way short of what is required to compete at this level. Coach Phil Ryan has given his all to this team as indeed have his players, but somehow they have not clicked as a unit. As the saying goes “when the going gets tough the tough get going”. Well this Saturday it gets really tough as the national champions Glanmire come to town with a 7 pm tip at the Mercy sports hall.

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