Wildcats top four hopes dented


Meteors 83 Maxol WIT Wildcats 74

wildcatsWith a top four position at stake Maxol WIT Wildcats lost ground when they were beaten by Meteors in Dublin on Saturday.
Wildcats, without American Katie Fox who is still recovering from injury, started at a lacklustre pace and Meteors quickly ran into an 8-point lead. Cathy Kavanagh picked up two quick fouls and had to sit out the reminder of the quarter.
Wildcats switched to zone defense that partially curtailed Meteors fast guards. At the other end Jazmen Boone found her range and started to reduce the deficit. The first quarter ended with Wildcats trailing by four, 20-16.
It was more of the same in the second quarter with free flowing basketball from both sides and defense appearing low down on both team’s priority list. Kate Flathery came off the bench for Meteors and lit the house up with three 3-pointers in succession, which forced Wildcats back to man-to-man defense.
Helena Rohan and Boone were combining well to keep Wildcats in touch and when Kavanagh was reintroduced she took control with some great rebounding and excellent finishing.
However Wildcats continued to struggle on defense allowing Meteors to continue knocking down many uncontested shots. The half finished Meteors 44 Maxol WIT Wildcats 37.
In the second half the pace of the game slowed considerably with both teams failing to convert easy chances.
Wildcats were now getting on top with Kavanagh proving to be instrumental as she dominated the boards winning rebound after rebound on offence and defense, as well as hitting some nice shots along the way.
Wildcats got to within four points in the third quarter but were dealt a harsh blow near the end of the quarter when captain Sinead Deegan seemed to suffer a reoccurrence of her old injury forcing her to sit out the remainder of the game.
In the final quarter the paced picked up again with Boone hitting some excellent shots, ably assisted by WIT French student Maire Micoud who was working extremely hard on defense. With under five minutes remaining, Wildcats trailed by sic and were still in with a chance of snatching victory. Meteors hit a big three to bring it to nine but back came Jazmen Boone converting two baskets of her own, one of these scores in particular was outstanding as she was under severe pressure.
Unfortunately this would be as close as Wildcats came to victory as Meteors were clinical down the stretch to close the game out.
Wildcats must win two of their three remaining games to be in with a chance of finishing in the top four and a guaranteed home draw for the quarter finals.
Next weekend Wildcats face a very tough challenge as they travel to league leaders DCU. Coach Mick Evans will be hoping his injured players can recover to play some part. The remaining two league games will see Wildcats host Killester, who are sitting in third position and the final league game of the regular season is against University of Limerick.

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