UPDATED: Kilcullen school crowned All Ireland basketball champs

Celebrations for Cross and Passion

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Fairytale weekend for Ej Sligo All-Stars as they qualify for the Hula Hoops National President's Cup basketball final

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Result:

Cross & Passion Kilcullen (Kildare): 48

Scoil Mhuire (Cork): 37

Cross and Passion, Kilcullen secured a fantastic double whammy of wins this afternoon as they secured the All Ireland Schools Under 16 B Girls League title just a few shorts weeks after winning the SUBWAY All Ireland Schools Under 16 B Girls Cup.

The story of the game though is not just the journey that this team has been on under the watchful eye of Eoin Wheeler, but indeed, the commitment, skill and flair that they showcased once more today that saw them in control from the second quarter, as they drove into a lead that they would not relinquish.

Another highlight from the game has to be the performances of Miah Ryan and MVP Gillian Wheeler, who shone the brightest for Kilcullen on the day and show fantastic promise for the future.

Despite a shakey first quarter, that saw the sides finish on 9 apiece, Ryan and Wheeler kicked off a super second quarter display that put their team in the driving seat for the remainder of the game. Isobel Monaghan and Ava Marron chipped for Kilcullen to keep the lead ticking through into the third quarter, and despite an absolutely superb performance from Laney Nolan and Sally Hickey of Scoil Mhuire, Kilcullen were comfortable 48-37 point winners in the end.

CROSS AND PASSION KILCULLEN: Ava Marron, Miah Ryan (20), Gillian Wheeler (16), Aoife Sweeney, Leah Cahill (4), Katlyn Walsh, Isobel Monaghan (4), Anne Tyrell (1), Molly Aspell (3).

SCOIL MHUIRE CORK: Sarah O’Shaughnessy (8), Shauna Cunningham, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Isabelle Canning (7), Isabel Madden, Enya Quill, Laney Nolan (15), Eimer Coller, Sally Hickey (7).

MVP: Gillilan Wheeler (Cross & Passion, Kilcullen)