Ga­tors back to win­ning ways

Bray People - - SPORT -

FOL­LOW­ING THEIR cup exit the Wick­low Lady Ga­tors re­turned to league ac­tion with a great away win against a strong Clon­dalkin side.

From the start the Ga­tors meant busi­ness as Stacey Healy opened the scor­ing with a 15 feet shot which was fol­lowed by two slash­ing drives from Kris­tine De­lahunt. The Ga­tors smoth­er­ing de­fence turned over the ball four more times and the Ga­tors scored off the break with Siobhain Vick­ers, Pa­tri­cia De­lahunt, Pa­trice Franey and Rachel Ka­vanagh all knock­ing down big shots to give the Ga­tors a lead of 19-2 af­ter the first quar­ter.

The sec­ond quar­ter was sim­i­lar as the first as the Ga­tor de­fence re­ally dom­i­nated with Yas­mine Larkin, Christine Ka­vanagh and Siobhain Vick­ers out re­bounded and out bat­tled the Clon­dalkin girls.

Cru­cial bas­kets from Pa­trica De­lahunt and Christine Ka­vanagh kept the Ga­tors in con­trol as the game got more phys­i­cal and the ref­er­ees were al­low­ing things to go which con­trib­uted to some heavy hit­ting by both sides. But the Ga­tors were sitting on a lead of 29-5 at the end of the first half.

As the Clon­dalkin side changed to a man to man de­fence the Ga­tors still kept con­trol, as they were un­able to cope with the low post play of Kris­tine De­lahunt who scored twice. Stacey Healy then forced an­other turnover and hit an­other 15 footer to in­crease the lead to 35-7.

This lead was re­duced by Clon­dalkin who scored some nice bas­kets to re­duce the lead to 35-15. A great of­fen­sive re­bound by Pa­trice Franey who scored off the re­bound fin­ished out the quar­ter for the Ga­tors lead­ing com­fort­ably.

Laura Hodgink­son took over the fi­nal quar­ter for the Ga­tors as she slashed to the bas­ket sev­eral times for cru­cial bas­kets and to­gether with loop­ing hook shot from Yas­mine Larkin the Ga­tors ran out easy win­ners.

For the Ga­tors it was the tough de­fen­sive play of their press which forced sev­eral turnovers which led to easy bas­kets. The only fault with the Ga­tors is their poor of­fen­sive re­bound­ing which will have to be ad­dressed for next sea­son, but they are still in the hunt for pro­mo­tion, sitting third in the ta­ble and with some favourable re­sults they could be pro­moted.

Scor­ers: Kris­tine De­lahunt (10 points), Laura Hodgink­son (7 points), Pa­trica De­lahunt (6 points), Stacey Healy (5 points), Siobhain Vick­ers (5 points), Christine Ka­vanagh (4 points), Pa­trice Franey (3 points), Yas­mine Larkin (2 points).

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