RECAP: Ireland women finish sixth in Cork
July 01, 2018
The Ireland senior women's team have finished in sixth place at this year's FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries in Cork this afternoon after they lost out to Cyprus, 75-82, in the 5/6th place classification game.
A strong start from the Irish saw them drive into an early lead, with great scores from Aine McKenna, Sarah Woods and Casey Grace all doing enough to edge Ireland ahead 29-23 at the end of the first.
A high-paced second quarter followed, with both sides playing hard defense, and McKenna, Woods and Grainne Dwyer all found the target to keep Ireland's noses in front going in at the break, 44-39.
A shaky third quarter from the Irish however, allowed the visitors back into the game and some tough defense and big scores saw them tie the game level, and by the end of the third, nothing separated the sides at 62-62. Big defense and some big scores from the girls in green were just not enough in the last, as momentum swung in favour of Cyprus down the stretch and they pushed on through to win out 75-82 in the end.
Speaking afterwards, head coach Mark Scannell said: “I’m very disappointed after today’s game, of course, but I want to compliment the girls for all of their hard work over the last two years. We have tried to put the best performances we could on here and we were unlucky at times, but that’s the way it goes. I felt we played some really good basketball at times, but perhaps lacked a bit of experience when we needed it.”
IRELAND: Aine McKenna (18), Sarah Woods (12), Casey Grace (4), Claire Rockall (10), Amy Waters (2), Grainne Dwyer (8), Fiona O’Dwyer (15), Stephanie O’Shea (4), Edel Thornton (2).