RESULTS: Ireland U15W v Iceland
August 21, 2017
Ireland Under 15 women's development squad have travelled to Iceland this weekend to play a four-game series against the hosts.
Karl Kilbride's charges will play out two games this Saturday and two on Sunday before returning back to the Emerald Isle.
Ireland U15 women's results:
Saturday, August 19th
Iceland 50-53 Ireland
Iceland 36-63 Ireland
Sunday, August 20th
Iceland 60-45 Ireland
Iceland 41-62 Ireland
Ireland U15 women's detailed results:
Game 4 (Sunday, August 20th)
Iceland came out of the blocks quickly in the fourth and final game of the weekend to put up a quick basket early on, but Ireland were quick to respond with Kate Hickey netting two points of her own. Shauna Dooley provided great defence, forcing Iceland to turn over the ball and this kickstarted Ireland’s fast break game. Hazel Finn took advantage of Iceland failing to recover from their turnovers by assisting Shauna Dooley for a big three-pointer for Ireland. Iceland began to fight back into the game, but not before Sabhbh Edwards Murphy disheartened the Iceland team by nailing a three-pointer to push Ireland’s lead back up to four points to end the quarter.
Lisa Blaney got Ireland going in the second quarter setting Fatimah Akorede up for an easy basket after a strong backcut. After some excellent defence from Vicky Young and Dara Diggin, Ireland began to push the pace of the game with a three-pointer from Ciara Byrne to push the lead to 10 points. Iceland got a quick two off a steal, but Sabhbh Edwards Murphy responded with a turn-around jump shot to secure Ireland’s 10-point lead to end the half.
Ireland continued to put defensive pressure on Iceland, with Emma Mullins stealing the ball and assisting Fatimah Akorede for another great basket. Some excellent defence from Karyl Martir and Laoise Walsh allowed Ireland to remain in the lead despite Iceland’s pressure, while Kate Hickey was excellent in the open court with two big steals and converting. Good ball movement by Ireland opened up gaps in Iceland’s defence to allow Ireland’s Shauna Dooley and Emma Mullins space to put more great scores up for Ireland. Hazel Finn was excellent on defence, stealing the ball from Iceland’s point guard and passing the ball to Ciara Byrne who finished with a great lay-up. Byrne again broke down Iceland’s defence by striking a huge three on the buzzer to end the third.
Iceland looked rattled as Ireland’s defence forced them into two 24 second violations and with excellent help defence by Lisa Blaney, Iceland struggled to get scores. Ireland continued to put pressure on Iceland with great teamwork from Vicky Young and Dara Diggin, with Young scoring the last basket for Ireland who ran out winners on a final scoreline of 43-62.
Ireland top scorers: Ciara Byrne (18), Kate Hickey (14), Sabhbh Edwards Murphy (7)
Game 3 (Sunday, August 20th)
Ireland started out their third game of the weekend well with two aggressive finishes by Abigail Rafferty getting their first four points on the board. Poor close outs by the Irish however, allowed Iceland to hit consecutive threes to leave the visitors trailing 13-8 after four minutes. Lauryn Homan responded with an excellent finish and a crowd lifting and-one play, to put Ireland back into the game, while an offensive rebound and putback for Gillian Wheeler saw Ireland trailing by four (19-15) at the end of the first.
The second quarter began with a great steal and score from Robyn Malone, but Iceland responded with two tough consecutive baskets. A long two from Shauna Russell brought Ireland within one possession of Iceland. With eight seconds till the half time buzzer, an Icelandic timeout let them setup and sink a dagger in Irish hearts putting them up 34-29 at the break.
The first four minutes of the third quarter left both teams scoreless until Robyn Malone once again made her presence felt on the court bagging a much-needed score. A superb finish from Siofra O’Shea while drawing a foul helped Ireland’s efforts, but it was a corner three from Caoimhe Masterson that helped inspire the Irish team to continue to push on, only trailing by six points heading into the fourth (45-39).
Defense from Kate Rochford and Ciara Mulleady forced Iceland to give up a 24 second violation as the fourth got underway and great teamwork from Karyl Martir with an assist to Gillian Wheeler gave Ireland another big score. Sinead Boyle and Eva Moloney continued to work tirelessly on defense trying to keep Ireland in the game. However, Iceland’s shooting and offensive rebounds allowed them to push their lead out by another 10 points and Ireland suddenly found themselves running out of time and getting into foul trouble. Iceland won out 60-45 in the end with Ireland frustrated at their failure to pressure their outside shooters.
Ireland top scorers: Abigail Rafferty (11), Siofra O’Shea (9), Gillian Wheeler (8), Lauryn Homan (6)
Game 2 (Saturday, August 19)
Ireland once again opened the game strong, scoring on their first possession with an aggressive drive and finish by Ciara Mulleady. With Iceland looking for revenge after the opening game of the day, they stepped up and went on a 9-2 scoring run which left Ireland seeking answers in the defensive end. After Robyn Malone was introduced midway through the 1st quarter, she made her presence known, grabbing four defensive rebounds and finishing an excellent drive to the basket. With Ireland still trailing, it was the wing and post play from Siofra O’Shea and Laoise Walsh respectively that allowed Ireland to fight back and command a one-point lead heading into the 2nd.
The second quarter began with Ireland looking like a much more composed team on both ends of the floor. Aggressively pressing and pushing the tempo led to Icelandic turnovers. Kate Hickey took this opportunity to capatilize and punished Iceland extending the lead to five points. Sabhbh Edwards Murphy and Ciara Byrne coordinated Ireland’s fullcourt defense causing Iceland to make four consecutive turnovers giving Ireland some easy buckets in the paint. With a signature step back jumper from Siofra O’Shea and free-throws from Shauna Russell the gap between the teams remained, with Ireland ending the half up by 34-17.
A strong 3rd quarter kept Iceland under wraps, as Ireland went on an 11-1 run with some spectacular fast break play from Caoimhe Masterson. For the remainder of the quarter, both teams' defenses stepped up, making it seem like there were lids on both baskets. With some excellent defense and rebounding from Dara Diggin, Iceland struggled to put pressure on Ireland’s defense and Ireland ended the third commanding a 29-point lead. (55-26).
Lisa Blaney kept Ireland’s lead for the opening of the fourth with some smart decision making in the open court setting up easy fast break buckets for Ciara Byrne and Shauna Russell. With the game all but over, it was Ireland’s strong defense throughout that won them the game, only giving up 10 points in the final quarter, winning 63-36.
Ireland top scorers: Ciara Mulleady (14), Sabhbh Edwards Murphy (10), Kate Hickey (8), Shauna Russell (8)
Game 1 (Saturday, August 19)
Hazel Finn opened Ireland’s game with a driving lay-up to put the first score on the board in Game 1 of the weekend. Iceland found their feet quickly though and went on a four-point run with no response from the Irish defense to take an early lead. Excellent defense by Gillian Wheeler - who stole the ball and finished a difficult lay-up - brought Ireland back in tough and, with the score tied, Iceland called a timeout and began to fight back responding with three consecutive 3-pointers. But Ireland were not fazed with some powerful rebounds and finishes from Fatimah Akorede.
Ireland came out strong defensively in the second quarter led by captain Vicky Young, Kate Rochford and Emma Mullins. However, with an Icelandic charge on defense, Ireland struggled to put the ball in the basket. The introduction of Karyl Martir picked up Ireland’s tempo and allowed Ireland to go on an 8-2 run to put Ireland ahead by 5 points at the half.
Ireland started the second half strong, getting good scores with Lauryn Homan adding four points. Excellent help defense from Sinead Boyle kept Ireland pushing ahead but Iceland’s defense was causing Ireland problems and Ireland failed to convert some good open looks.
Ireland seemed to be rattled as their 11-point lead got stripped back but their defense carried them through to the end of the 3rd securing a one-point advantage with one quarter to go.
Ireland's nerves stayed with them as the fourth quarter got underway, as Iceland went on a 7-0 run causing Head Coach Karl Kilbride to call an early timeout. The introduction of Eva Moloney helped Ireland steal the ball leading to conversions by Hazel Finn and Gillian Wheeler. Ireland fought back hard and Abigail Rafferty’s excellent rebounding saw her bag six points in the 4th quarter, which brought Ireland up by one point with 90 seconds remaining.
Iceland found themselves in foul trouble after another exhilarating drive by Shauna Dooley (who had a game high 15 rebounds) which sent her to the line for two. With ice in her veins, Shauna casually converted both, giving Ireland a three-point lead with 5 seconds on the clock. Despite a timeout from Iceland to try tie the score with a three from a sideline play, Ireland’s defense again saved the day getting Ireland the win.
Ireland top scorers: Fatimah Akorede (12), Abigail Rafferty (11), Hazel Finn (11), Lauryn Homan (6)