Best ever finish for Ireland

Best ever finish for Ireland

  • Sep 07,2015
Ireland have secured a best ever finish at the FIBA U16 Women’s European Championships with a 60-47 win over Greece.

Sunday August 23rd, 2015

FIBA Europe U16 Women’s Championships, Division B.

7th Place Playoff: Ireland 60-47 Greece

Biljanini Izvori, Ohrid, MKD

“We’re immensely proud of this group,” said Head Coach Andy Gill. “The test for all this players is to take this achievement and use it as a stepping stone for further success.”

Louise Scannell and Sorcha Tiernan had the right calibration for perimeter shooting and helped Ireland into a 12-4 lead after four minutes. The bench gave Ireland a 20-10 lead for the first quarter when Maggie Byrne and Amy Murphy combined for six points.

Greece were closing in during the second quarter. Claire Melia and Rachel Huijsdens were working hard on the boards but Maria Anastasopoulou drew on her experience from the 2014 U16 Women’s Division A championships to get Greece on top. Ireland went 10 minutes without a field goal before Scannell and Dayna Finn reignited the offence. It was worth a 31-21 lead at half time.

Georgia Tsichlaki was Greece’s other player from the class of 2014 even four fouls couldn’t stop her from narrowing the gap to five points late in the third.

Mae Creane hit a crucial jump spot with a minute to the buzzer and Finn’s second three-pointer restored the double digit lead. Ireland led 43-33 with 10 minutes to go.

Melia and Huisjdens continued to eat up the clock with rebounds down the stretch and finished with 16 haul downs apiece.

Summing up the campaign Gill said, “It’s been a great ride and the commitment of the parents too has been second to none.

“In January of this year, they asked us to produce the best kind of programme that we could and give their daughters the best chance of success. We’re overjoyed with the seventh place.”

The squad are due to touch down in Dublin Airport on Monday August 23rd at 15:40

Ireland: Dayna Finn (11), Sorcha Tiernan (8), Louise Scannell (8), Rachel Huijsdens (7), Claire Melia (14). Substitutes: Maggie Byrne (2), Enya Maguire, Maeve Phelan, Amy Murphy (8), Amy Dooley, Niamh Masterson, Mae Creane (2).

Box Score: http://bit.ly/U16W-Ire-Gre
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