Cats Nipped by Huskies

Wildcats Stephanie O’Shea takes a tumble after this clash with Gillian Coombes (UL Huskies)

Wildcats Stephanie O’Shea takes a tumble after this clash with Gillian Coombes (UL Huskies)

National Cup Quarter Final
Maxol-WIT Wildcats 59 UL Huskies 57

Maxol-WIT Wildcats beat UL Huskies 59-57 in their second leg National Cup quarter final last Saturday evening in the Mercy gym but unfortunately it will be the Limerick girls that progress to the semi-final based on the eight point advantage they brought into the game.
Having beaten UL comfortably in the Premier league only two weeks ago, Wildcats supporters came out in force confident their team could overcome the eight point advantage UL Huskies held.
It looked like Wildcats had managed to turn the tie around as they lead by 10 points with only three minutes left in the final quarter. However the UL girls finished the stronger to clinch the tie.
Both teams took some time to settle in a low scoring opening quarter and nothing separated the sides after ten minutes. The second quarter saw some great baskets from Wildcat’s American star Olivia Applewhite and the outstanding Sinead Deegan as they led by five points at half-time 30-25.
Helena Rohan maintained her run of good form and finished some great baskets but the Wildcat’s defence time and again gifted UL easy scores.
Several turnovers allowed UL Huskies run in easy lay ups and their American player Kelsey Harris never allowed Wildcat’s open up any significant lead.
Going into the final quarter Maxol WIT-Wildcats lead by four points, 42-38. A huge three pointer from Applewhite did get the large home support behind their team and further baskets from Niamh Mullally, Rohan and Deegan seemed to have given Wildcats a winning lead but again a leaky defence saw UL reduce the deficit allowing them progress to the Cup semi-final. Coach Philip Ryan will be disappointed as his side had the winning line in sight but poor defence and finishing put an end to cup dreams for another season.
Wildcats will have to pick themselves back up straight away as they face Liffey Celtics next Saturday 13th in the Premier league in their final game before the Christmas break. Tip off in the Mercy gym is at the usual time of 7pm with all door proceeds on the night going to the WLR Christmas Hamper Appeal.

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