Team Montenotte showed their class in the second half to defeat Cork neighbours Singletons SuperValu Brunell in the Women’s Premier League at the Parochial Hall last night.
The result means a win against Meteors in their last game will guarantee Montenotte runner up in the regular season and a home semi-final in the play offs.
The opening quarter saw both teams trade baskets for long periods, but, with Amy Waters having a superb game at the post, the sides were level at 10 points each in the fifth minute.
Gradually, Montenotte got to grips with their opponents and consecutive three-pointers from American Chantell Alford and Aine McKenna helped them command a 24-17 lead entering the second quarter.
On the restart, Brunell nailed the opening three baskets, with Montenotte malfunctioning in defence.
Both teams were struggling on the scoring front, as Montenotte, without excelling, commanded a nine-point lead with three minutes remaining to the interval.
The home side had plenty of opportunities to be on parity at the break, but numerous missed lay-ups saw them trail 38-32.
Danielle O’Leary gave Brunell the perfect start with a stunning three-pointer, only for Alford to respond with a similar shot.
As the quarter-matured, Montenotte began to get the better of the young Brunell side and it was no surprise that they commanded a 60-44 lead entering the fourth quarter.
It was a case of going through the motions for Montenotte coming down the stretch, despite Brunell giving their all to the final buzzer.
For coach Mark Scannell, this game was all about the result.
“We played OK without peaking, but Brunell are a tough team at any time and we are happy to be going into the last game knowing a win will seal a semi-final place for us,” Scannell said.
C Alford 22, C Rockall 16, A McKenna 9.
A Waters 18, K Fitzpatrick17, D O’Leary 11.
R Lyall, O Connolly, A Waters, D O’Leary, M O’Leary, A Dineen, A Kearney, C O’Sullivan, G O’Mahony, A Murphy, K Kilpatrick.
C Rockall, M Breen, M Byrne, E O’Mahony, H Lenihan, L Ann Wilkinson, A O’Regan, A McKenna, C Alford, S Kenny.
Peter James Coughlan (Cork), Alex Kremenskas (Cork).