It was another busy weekend of action for Letterkenny Blaze Basketball club with a number of sides in action.
Blaze U-16 girls kicked off their first home game of the season with an impressive win over Sligo All Stars.
The first quarter was very fast paced with both teams looking to fast break. However, it was Blaze who took an early lead with Eimear Quinn in fine form under the boards scoring 11 points in the opening quarter to give the home team a 5 point lead.
The Blaze girls continued to push for fast breaks with Laura Kealy and Caoimhe Kelly driving to the basket for easy scores along with Anna Curley, Aoibheann O Grady and Eimear Quinn controlling the boards at both ends of the court. The Blaze girls finished the half leading by 19.
The third quarter was more of the same for the home team keeping their intensity levels high and really pressuring the visiting team. Another big scoring quarter would see the blaze girls extend their lead to 31 heading into the final quarter. Blaze continued to play a great team game with 10 players getting on the score sheet and finished out as winners. Top scorers for Blaze were Caoimhe Kelly (14), Eimear Quinn (13) Aoibheann O Grady (11).
Final score - 65-35
U12 girls in Donegal Town
The U-12 Blaze Girls travelled to Donegal Town on Sunday for their second North West League fixture. The girls tuned into the game right from tip off and with scores from Emma Gribben, Nicole McDaid, Aoibhin Franklin and Gillian Reynolds the girls finished the first quarter with a 12 point advantage (14-2).
The Donegal Town girls settled into the game in the second quarter and scored a few fine baskets. Sineid Otoo played very strong defensively throughout the game and made some great passes into Aoibhin Randles who worked well cutting in and out of the key in offence. Half time score was 18-9 in favour of the Blaze girls.
In the third quarter Emily Irwin and Sadbh Callaghan put in a trojan effort in defence preventing scores and creating fast break opportunities. With quick and clever passing amongst the girls on turnovers and great rebounding and scoring from Emma Gribben, the score at the end of third quarter was 29-11 to Blaze.
Emma Johnston, Aimee Bonar and Hannah Hopkins fought hard in the last quarter leaving the final score at 39-11 to Blaze.