Wednesday, January 19, 2022

PIPERS Hill College in Naas competed in two finals of the 2021/22 Pinergy All Ireland Schools Finals in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Tuesday but despite putting up brave efforts they lost out to Mount Anville (Dublin) and St Louis SS, Dundalk, respectively.


Stephanie Nnabuihe of Pipers Hill College in action during the Pinergy Basketball Ireland U16 C Girls Schools Cup Final versus St Louis SS, Dundalk, Louth, at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

U19C Girls Final: Mount Anville (Dublin) 39-33 Pipers Hill College, Naas (Kildare)

Pipers Hill lost out to Mount Anville in the U19C Girls final in the first game of the 2021/22 Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cup Finals on a scoreline of 39-33.

The Dublin school led 11-6 at the end of the opening quarter but Pipers Hill went in front for the first time, 18-17, with 30 seconds to go in the second quarter thanks to a basket by Stephanie Nnabuihe. Mount Anville reclaimed the lead in the dying seconds of the quarter. Nnabuihe had six points  while Mya Pardy was not far behind, on four points, at the break.

Pipers Hill started the third quarter well and established a six point advantage by the midpoint, 27-21, when Nnabuihe added to her tally. Grace Prenter then took the game by the scruff of the neck for Mount Anville after that and went on a 10-point run, including two two three-point jump shots to put her side back in control and they led 31-27 going into the final quarter.

A two point jump shot by Aine Roche just after the first minute of the final quarter, followed by another basket by Prenter stretched Mount Anville’s lead to 35-27. Pipers Hill battled their way back and got within four points in the final 30 seconds, but failed to convert some free throw opportunities. It was Prenter who had the final say with a lay-up to complete a 39-33 victory.

Quarter Scores: 

Q1: 11-6 Q2: 8-12 Q3: 12-9 Q4: 8-6

Top scorers:

Mount Anville: Grace Prenter (22), Aine Roche (12), Esme Boylan and Anna Crowley (both 2)

Pipers Hill: Stephanie Nnabuihe (17), Mya Pardy (9), Niamh Farrelly (3)


Pipers Hill College: Kathryn Cahill, Katie Fagan, Alannah Kane, Sara Cahill, Niamh Farrelly, Kate O’Neill, Mya Pardy, Stephanie Nnabuihe, Emma Condon, Olivia Miley, Ella Doyle, Sarah Collins, Jorja Goldring.

Mount Anville: Georgia McPoland, Niamh Rooney, Ava Keenan, Aine Roche, Anna Crowley, Esme Boylan, Sara Davy, Aoife McMahon, Rachel Marron, Tara Power, Leah Burke, Grace Prenter.

U16 C Girls Final: St. Louis SS, Dundalk (Louth) 57-50 Pipers Hill College, Naas (Kildare)

Pipers Hill went under to St. Louis in the U16C Girls Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Final losing 57-50.

St. Louis raced to an early 10 point lead. Pipers Hill had just played in the U19C final previously and one of those players involved, Mya Pardy, helped drag her side back into the contest and they trailed 15-12 by the end of the opening quarter.

When Ines Palacio landed her second three pointer for St. Louis with three minutes gone in the second quarter, the Louth school had a 27-20 advantage. But the impressive Stephanie Nnabuihe, who was another playing her second game of the day, helped Pipers Hill into the lead, firstly with a fastbreak and a layup, followed shortly after by another two-pointer, to see the County Kildare outfit hold a 30-29 advantage.

Sofia Fernandez Bustos was proving hard to contain, her layup in the final seconds of the quarter meant it was St. Louis who held a 33-30 half-time lead. She had 21 points by then, with Ines Palacio on eight and Sara Ezquerra Rivas on four. For St. Louis, Pardy had 14 points by the break, with Nnabuihe on 12, while Ellie Purcell had hit four points.

A Sara Ezquerra Rives three pointer gave St Louis a 48-39 lead at the end of the third. Their advantage was stretched to 11 points, 52-41, two minutes into the fourth quarter with a fastbreak and layup from Fernadez Bustos. A Pardy layup for Pipers Hill made it a seven point game, 55-48, with a little over a minute to go. However St. Louis wound down the clock and a couple of free throws helped wrap up a 57-50 victory.

Quarter Scores: 

Q1: 12-15 Q2: 18-18  Q3: 9-15 Q4: 11-9

Top scorers:

St. Louis: Sofia Fernandez Bustos (34), Sara Ezquerra Rivas (11) Ines Palacio (10)

Pipers Hill: Stephanie Nnabuihe (17), Mya Pardy (14), Ellie Purcell (4)


Pipers Hill College: Mya Pardy, Kate O’Neill, Stephanie Nnabuihe, Hannah Gaines, Roisin Carroll, Zara Nolan, Jessica Kacprzak, Lucy Power, Ellie Purcell, Orla Doyle, Aoife McGovern

St. Louis: Grainne Connolly, Sofia Fernandez Bustos, Maryam Moyo, Tawana Gumede, Ines Palacio, Aine Murray, Irene Cabo Alfaro, Sara Ezquerra Rivas, Erin Finnegan, Katie O’Reilly, Lilly Baudy, Beth Brady, Rhiannon Dolan, Paige Cavanagh, Mame Gaye, Ciara Whyte.


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