U16 Women's Recap: Ireland 58, Scotland 49
August 06, 2016
Saturday August 6th
FIBA U16 Women's European Championships
Ireland 58, Scotland 49
Ireland's U16 Women are off the mark in Group C of the the FIBA European Championships courtesy of a 58-49 win over near neighbours Scotland in Romania. The victory was a 'huge boost for morale' for the team but Head Coach Maeve Coleman is calling for improvement from her troops as the tournament progresses.
âGetting a win after being down 12 points is excellent,â she said, âBut we still have a problem with our shooting percentages from the floor at this level. We forced 45 turnovers today, but if we don't have the ability to finish we're going to be in trouble against the better teams in our group.â
Ireland trailed 11-8 for the first quarter after converted just two of twenty shooting opportunities. They fell to Ella McCloskey and Maeve Phelan late in the period and a return of 7/28 in the second quarter saw them trail 26-24 at half time.
An 11-2 run put Scotland ahead by nine points midway through the third quarter, but Bronagh Power-Cassidy was growing into the game and Dayna Finn was stamping her authority on a game where she finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and seven steals.
Ireland needed just 1:29 to retake the lead as Power-Cassidy hit five points, Finn drained a three, Maeve Phelan got a basket and Annalise Murphy put her side in front with a long two.
Dayna Finn's 12 points in the fourth quarter ensured there was no looking back for Ireland, who now take on Bulgaria in a 'winnable' game according to Coach Coleman.
âThe girls were strong on defence and the commitment was excellent,â she said. âThe kids are coping really well with the heat and their conditioning is standing to them.â Bulgaria were beaten 83-45 by England in their opening game in Group C.
Ireland: D. Finn* (16), E. Maguire* (7), M. Phelan* (7), B. Power Cassidy* (16), E. McCloskey* (4) , A. Blaney (2), N. Clancy, A. Flynn (3), M. Cannon, M O Seaghdha, N. Masterson (1), A. Murphy (2).