U18 Women's Recap: Ireland 61, Germany 63

U18 Women's Recap: Ireland 61, Germany 63

  • Jul 31,2016
Sunday July 31st, 2016
FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship - Division B Classification Game for 7th
Ireland 61, Germany 63
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ireland’s U18 Women came up just short in their bid to equal a best ever finish at the FIBA European Championships with a 63-61 defeat to Germany in Sarajevo. The squad secured Ireland’s third ever top-eight finish with a strong showing in Group C and will be classified as finishing eighth in 2016, despite today’s defeat. 

“The tournament was a really good experience for all involved,” said Team Captain Anna Maguire. “We were gutted we couldn’t climb further up the top eight ladder but we’ve been close to some of the top teams in Europe and we’ve helped put Ireland back on the map at U18 level.” 

It could have been a very different end to the campaign as a stunning final quarter helped to reel a 24 point deficit back to a single basket. Defensive improvements spurred the come back according to Monasterevin forward Claire Melia.

“We realised we needed to pull ourselves together and that’s exactly what we did,” said Melia. By the end of the third quarter we were playing as a team again and we played tough to force Germany into turning the ball over.” Ireland were out-rebounded throughout the game but finished the game with 20 steals compared to Germany’s 11. 

Germany looked home and dry with a 39-19 lead at half time. They were shooting at 50% compared to Ireland’s meagre 14% return, but Liam Culloty’s side rallied in the third quarter. Coupled with the defensive intensity was a significant improvement in shooting and Louise Scannell’s 15 points played a major role in the comeback. The Glanmire dynamo had both Ireland’s first and last baskets from play - her final effort forcing a German time out with 28 seconds left. Across the 40 minutes, all 12 of the squad got on the scoreboard. 

Ireland: A. Maguire* (2), L. Scannell (15)*, V. O’Connor* (6), A. McDonagh * (4), C. Melia* (14), A. Macheta (2), S. Tiernan (2), S. Power-Cassidy (1), R. Huijsdens (4), C. Connaire (7), A. Maguire (2), A. Murphy (2)

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