Donegal Town took the North West Regional Cup with a win over Kilcar in the final in Ballyshannon.
Kilcar B.C. 48
Donegal Town B.C. 56
Donegal came into this as firm favourites as they dispatched a lively Blaze team in semi-final. Kilcar on the other hand came in under the radar with a victory over Ballyshannon. A novel pairing it was but the game would indeed be very evenly balanced throughout with Donegal just doing enough to get over the line and retain the Cup title.
Lisa McGill who would go on to earn the MVP was Donegal’s scorer in chief as she had 10 of Donegal’s 12 opening quarter points while Niamh McFadden and Aisling Cunningham were prominent around the basket for Kilcar. Indeed the 2nd would be similar as Donegal struggled to beat the Kilcar zone with very little going right shooting wise. But Kilcar battled away and would not go away with some great scores and great defence as the quarter was shared 10 each.
Into the third and still no change but Kilcar did forge ahead with scores from all different sources as they closed out the quarter with a 2 point win to go even in the game 38 each. A great atmosphere in the place as Kilcar looked to go ahead but it was the Donegal girls who got it together to scrape home as Tara Khan hit form along with the wonderful Lisa McGill while 2 vital free throws from Maeve Liston was enough to see the girls over the line.
A great performance from the Kilcar girls and with plenty of players should begin to rise up the league. Majella O Donnell and Ashling Cunningham were Kilcar’s stand out performers in a great game along with Amy O Donnell, Sinead McBrearty, Aisling Kennedy and captain Niamh McFadden. Donegal can thank Lisa McGill MVP who was the difference between the 2 teams while Tara Khan, Charlene McHugh and Kelly Harron also had big games. The game as well refereed by Billy Banda and Jay McMenamin.
Donegal Town B.C – Charlene McHugh 3, Caroline Breslin 2, Lisa McGill 27, Brid Murphy 2, Katy Herron, Tara Khan 11, Ruta Belazentyte, Rosa Devaney 2, Michaela Breslin 1, Maeve Liston 89, Kelly Harron, Claudia Coughlin, Louise Carr, April Gildea. Coach Kevin Sinclair
Kilcar B.C. – Niamh McFadden 3, Majella O’Donnell 13, Sinead McBrearty 6, Amy O’Donnell 4, Ciara Cunningham, Ashling Cunningham 12, Orlagh Carr 2, Niamh O Malley, Shannon Molloy, Rachel McHugh. Coaches Trina McShane & Darina Mockler