After an impressive 2018/2019 league campaign in which your U18 Lady Rocks came away as champions, all eyes turned to Saturday 30th March where your Lady Rocks would face old rivals, St Mirren, in the 2019 Scottish Playoff Final!
The first quarter started with #21 Shannon Beattie driving along the baseline and scoring off of a nice tear-drop layup! St Mirren would reply on the following possession with a score down the lane.
As has been the case all season, the Lady Rocks worked the ball well around the court on the offensive end, finding a wide open Chloe Dunsire for 3! Strong defensive pressure from the Rocks forcing St Mirren into difficult shot attempts, nothing dropping for the Paisley side. The Rocks, however, would use this to their advantage to extend their lead.
The ball movement of the Lady Rocks continued to improve as the quarter progressed with Faleu making nice entry passes to Loughran and Dunsire who would both drop-step and score on several possessions. St Mirren, on the other hand, weren't to be out done as they began to put together a small scoring run to stay in the game!
The three pointers continued to drop for the Cumbernauld side as both Beattie and Dunsire would knock down shots from behind the arc. An excellent lob pass from Loughran to Dunsire, with the finish, forced St Mirren into a late Q1 timeout.
Coming out of the timeout the Lady Rocks continued to force St Mirren into difficult shot attempts, all resulting in misses. The Rocks continued to score at ease.
END Q1 | Lady Rocks 29-13 St Mirren
The 2nd quarter started with a Beattie 3-point make off of a nice drive and dish assist from Loughran; 13 personal points for Beattie! The Rocks would waste no time as they immediately stolethe ball in the back court, push the tempo and find a wide open Loughran for 3! The travelling Lady Rocks fans going wild!
Beattie, who would end up finishing the match with 38 points and the U18 Playoff Finals Most Valuable Player, would continue to assert her dominance this quarter! Anything St Mirren threw her way would not work as Beattie put together a run of scores including an acrobatic layup down the lane. Rocks with the 20-point lead; 37-17.
St Mirren, struggling late Q2, call for a timeout to try and stop the Lady Rocks momentum. However, any hopes of stopping Beattie, Falue or Loughran coming out of the timeout were quickly shattered as the Scottish trio put together a run of easy scores close to the basket!
The ball movement of the Rocks maintained a strong point late Q2 as the Cumbernauld side continued to get into the key with ease, creating easy shots around the basket. St Mirren would start to knock down some difficult shots late Q2 but it was the Lady Rocks who would take the 19-point lead going into the halftime break.
HT | Lady Rocks 42-23 St Mirren
A slow start to the 3rd quarter as the Lady Rocks only scored 2 points in the first four minutes of play. Timeout Lady Rocks as Coach Gilbride looked to rally the troops.
Coming out of the timeout the Rocks commit a foul on St Mirren's Fiona Waddell on a 3-point attempt, certainly not what Coach Gilbride would have been looking for from her girls.
Despite the slow start from the Lady Rocks in the 3rd quarter, up stepped Captain Shannon Beattie to ensure her side didn't lose their strong lead over the Paisley side. 3-point scores, drives down the lane and knocking down free-throws... Beattie was doing it all!
St Mirren looked tired late Q3 as the Lady Rocks continued to improve their defensive efforts to maintain their strong lead to finish the quarter.
END Q3 | Lady Rocks 55-30 St Mirren
The Lady Rocks started the fourth quarter better than they did in quarter 3, pushing the pace and creating easy shot attempts in and around the key. The defensive efforts of the Lady Rocks matched their offensive efforts, stopping St Mirren from getting easy attempts at the basket.
The Rocks continued to move the ball well as the quarter progressed, again finding Dunsire, Beattie, Falue and Loughran for 3-point makes on several possessions. The Lady Rocks would continue to find their stride, much like they did in the first half, as St Mirren struggled to keep pace with the Cumbernauld side.
Coach Gilbride would begin to rotate the Under 16 players into the game late Q4 as the Lady Rocks maintained a consistent 27-point lead for most of the quarter.
Some excellent play from U16 players Brown, Ruddy, Rafferty, Ferguson and Kerr would allow the Rocks to continue scoring off of easy shot attempts, allowing the end result to not be in doubt!
Your Lady Rocks win the game, and in doing so, securing both the Scottish League and Scottish Playoff Trophy in an impressive year for the team!
FT | Lady Rocks 77-38 St Mirren
"Today's result shows the hard work and determination each player has put in this season. Our teamwork and communication within the game today goes to show that the work put in at training
these past few weeks has paid off. I am very proud of team and this is a great way to finish the season!" - Captain Shannon Beattie
"We are really delighted with how the team played today. Our focus has always been on doing the simple things well and they really followed through on that today. I thought the girls pace, effort and intensity was excellent and I couldn't have asked for a better finish to the season for an excellent group of girls!" - Erin Gilbride, U18 Lady Rocks Head Coach