Ir­ish girls edged out by Slo­vakia in thriller

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - GOLF / RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

IRE­LAND Un­der 16 Women fin­ished in 14th place at the FIBA U16 Women’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in Pod­gor­ica, Mon­tene­gro af­ter they suf­fered a dra­matic and nar­row loss to Slo­vakia, 49-47.

Hazel Finn (14) and Kate Hickey (13) top scored for Ire­land and the game looked to be head­ing for over­time be­fore Slo­vakia scored a late win­ning two point bas­ket and held off an Ir­ish of­fense in the dy­ing sec­onds.

Coach Karl Kil­bride stated, “We’re dis­ap­pointed with the loss, but we’re ex­tremely proud of the girls, and we know we can com­pete with the best”.

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