Ga­tors on song against Malahide

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Wick­low Lady Ga­tors 47, Malahide 23

WITH ONLY three games left in the league the Wick­low Lady Ga­tors who are tied for third place in the Dublin Se­nior Womens Divi­sion 3 league ta­ble, were de­ter­mined to keep their place. Very slow to start the Ga­tors did not score un­til the sixth minute when Pa­trice Franey scored off a great drive.

This was fol­lowed by a strong of­fen­sive re­bound by Christine Ka­vanagh who then scored to give the Ga­tors a slim 5 -3 lead which Malahide soon lev­elled as the first quar­ter came to an end.

The Lady Ga­tors hit their stride in the sec­ond quar­ter. Early bas­kets from Erika Davis and Lil­lian Ka­vanagh saw the Ga­tors lead 15-8. Strong de­fen­sive re­bound­ing by Yas­mine Larkin, Kris­tine De­lahunt, Katie O'Con­nor and Ciara Broe gave the big­ger Malahide team no sec­ond chance op­por­tu­ni­ties. Then as Pa­trica De­lahunt led the break with Laura Hodgink­son the Ga­tors built up a lead they never re­lin­quished and led at half-time 22-10.

Look­ing to fast break and up the tempo in the third quar­ter the Ga­tors were run­ning from the start, two free thows from Pa­trice Franey, a three-pointer from Christine Ka­vanagh and a strong drive by Yas­mine Larkin saw the Ga­tors lead 29-10. Siobhain Vick­ers and Pa­trica De­lahunt both pushed the ball off the boards and fed the fast break­ing Katie O'Con­nor and Laura Hodgink­son who fin­ished off with cru­cial bas­kets.

But for the Ga­tors it was an­other great de­fen­sive dis­play as they chal­lenged ev­ery shot, hus­sled all over the floor and won 90 per cent of their re­bounds and with Kris­tine De­lahunt block­ing three shots in a row as Malahide tried to get to the bas­ket, the Ga­tors knew they were in con­trol.

With point guard Stacey Healy pick­ing up an early fin­ger in­jury the Ga­tors had to change plan and Siobhain Vick­ers took over duty with Laura Hodgink­son and both con­trolled the game to the end.

In the fi­nal quar­ter the Ga­tors scored only two bas­kets from the out­side shoot­ing of Kris­tine De­lahunt. For the Ga­tors this was an­other good win as the whole team con­trib­uted to the scor­ing tally. It was a great de­fen­sive per­for­mance, by all the play­ers, as the Ga­tors have be­come a more bal­anced squad.

Scor­ers: Kris­tine De­lahunt 6 points, Laura Hodgink­son 8 points, Lil­lian Ka­vanagh 6 points, Pa­trica De­lahunt 5 points, Christine Ka­vanagh 5 points, Pa­trice Franey 5 points, Katie O'Con­nor 4 points, Erika Davis 4 points, Yas­mine Larkin 4 points.

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