Day 3: Another busy day of games for Ireland U18 Women's team
November 03, 2016
It was yet another busy day for the Irish squad on Wednesday as Day 3 of the Girona tournament kicked off with the girls in green up against Spar Citylift Uni Gironaâs Under 18 team.
Spar Citylift Girona U18: 42
Ireland U18: 37
It was a tough opening quarter for the Irish, who were quite slow out of the blocks and struggled to contain the pacy Girona guards. With just five minutes gone on the clock, Ireland trailed 12-0 and had to dig deep in order to gain a foothold in the game. This they did through some smart play from Dayna Finn and Maggie Byrne, but the home team had the upper hand by the buzzer, 16-7.
It looked like the Girona side were going to go out of sight on the scoreboard as the second quarter got underway at a very high tempo, but good defending from Irelandâs Sarah Livisey and Alison Blaney kept the Irish in contention, as they set up shots from Maeve OâSeaghdha and Niamh Masterson to leave it 26-17 at half time.
Ireland upped their work rate massively in the second half, with Annaliese Murphy and Enya Maguire working hard, and Amy Murphy finishing off some great team moves well. Now back in the game, Ireland finished the quarter just one point behind, 34-33, and it was game on for the last quarter.
Unfortunately, scores were at a premium in the last quarter, though with three minutes to go, Ireland went into the lead by one point. Unfortunately, and despite the best efforts from Saoirse Kelly and Amy Dooley, Girona came back to take the win, 42-37 in the end.
Team: Saoirse Kelly, Amy Dooley, Maeve OâSeaghdha, Amy Murphy, Enya Maguire, Annaliese Murphy, Niamh Masterson, Sarah Livisey, Maggie Byrne, Dayna Finn, Alison Blaney.
CB Sarria de Ter
The second game of the night saw Ireland face off against CB Sarria de Terâs senior team. Ireland started off strongly and some great pressure defence from Sorcha Tiernan and Maeve Phelan turned into easy baskets. After four minutes, Ireland had stormed into a 4-12 point lead, with Claire Melia and Rachel Huijsdens working well under the boards and numerous fast breaks created by Niamh Foley were being finished well by Phelan to leave Ireland in a 7-22 point lead at the end of the quarter.
Ireland scoring rate dropped a bit in the
second, but their full court press continued to stifle the opposition. Ella McCloskey
came in to make some valuable contributions and with Jayne Fitzgerald mopping
up the rebounds, it allowed Ireland to finish the half leading 16-36.
The third quarter saw Ireland return to their reliable fast break strategy, with Bronagh Power Cassidy and Ciara Broderick both netting valuable points, while Melia and Huijsdens continued to do damage under the boards. Ireland kept up their intense defence and ran out winners on a 33-78 score line.
Team: Maeve Phelan, Niamh Foley, Sorcha Tiernan, Bronagh Power Cassidy, Ciara Broderick, Ella McCloskey, Jayne Fitzgerald, Rachel Huijsdens, Claire Melia, Mae Creane (inj)