Ga­tors miss out on fi­nal spot

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE WICK­LOW Lady Ga­tors trav­elled away to Ar­tane who had home court ad­van­tage which gave them the edge in a tight and hard-fought Dublin Se­nior Womens Cup semi-fi­nal.

The Ga­tors jumped into the lead as Pa­trica De­lahunt and Christine De­lahunt scored from the start but af­ter early lead of 4-0 the Ga­tors could not buy a bas­ket. Ar­tane play­ing a tight in­side game gave the Ga­tors loads of room to shoot from the out­side, but un­for­tu­nately the Ga­tors could not make them pay for their de­fen­sive choice.

Ar­tane then took con­trol and led 7-4 at the end of the first quar­ter. Ar­tane then re­ally made the Ga­tors pay for their poor de­fen­sive work and drew fouls af­ter foul which saw them go to the free throw line early in the sec­ond quar­ter and pun­ished the Ga­tors to in­crease their lead to 20-4, as the Ga­tors were miss­ing their free throws.

A time out and change of plan saw the Ga­tors pull back the lead as they scored through Yas­mine Larkin, Kris­tine De­lahunt and Pa­trica De­lahunt to re­duce the lead to 24-11. De­fen­sively the Ga­tors Pre­cilla Bennett, Rachel Ka­vanagh, and Pa­trica De­lahunt did a great job shut­ting down Ar­tane’s top scorer keep­ing her score­less, and the con­tin­ued to do this for the sec­ond half. But again it was of­fen­sively that they strug­gled as the shots just would not fall, and Ar­tane kept the Ga­tors off the of­fen­sive boards com­pletely.

Even­tu­ally the Ga­tors hit a pur­ple patch and Yas­mine Larkin hit a strong drive to the bas­ket, while Siobhain Vick­ers and Christine Ka­vanagh hit some out­side shots. But Ar­tane kept the lead at 30-19 at the end of the third quar­ter and this meant the Ga­tors had to go chase the game.

Two free throws from Kris­tine De­lahunt, a drive from Pa­trice Franey and a shot from Rachel Ka­vanagh re­duced the lead to 32-25. But this was as close as the Ga­tors got as they traded three-point­ers with Ar­tane who fought hard and gave up no easy bas­kets. They now have three games left in the league, and should end up in the top four.

Scor­ers: Pa­trica De­lahunt (6 points), Kris­tine De­lahunt (6 points), Yas­mine Larkin (5 points, Siobhain Vick­ers (5 points), Rachel Ka­vanagh (4 points, Christine Ka­vanagh (2 points), Pa­trice Franey (2 points).

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