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07 Oct 2022

Maria Kealy helps Ireland to ninth spot at U18 European Championships

The Letterkenny woman scored 56 points during the week in Sofia.

Maria Kealy included in Irish U18 basketball squad

Maria Kealy. Photo: Sportsfile

Letterkenny woman Maria Kealy helped Ireland to a ninth-place finish at the FIBA Under-18 Women's European Championships.

Kealy was vice captain of the Ireland squad which competed in Division B in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ireland defeared Luxembourg 70-66 on Sunday morning in a ninth-tenth place play-off at the Universiade Hall with Kealy scoring eight points.

Kealy contributed eight points in a 75-50 win over Norway on Friday before adding nine in Saturday’s 68-58 success against Iceland.

Point guard Kealy, who plays for Donegal NL and Letterkenny Blaze, took part in a recent training camp held at the ATU Donegal campus in Letterkenny.

Kealy scored 56 points during a good week in the green.

Kealy featured at last year’s FIBA Under-18 Women’s European Challengers and was back in the Irish squad for the trip to Bulgaria.

In last weekend’s group D opener, Ireland, who are coached by Tommy O'Mahoney, defeated Denmark 64-54.

Lucy Coogan top-scored with 21 points while Kealy contributed 10 points, including two three-pointers.

On Sunday, Ireland were beaten 67-47 by Serbia, with Kealy helping herself to nine points.

In an agonising 66-64 loss to Austria on Tuesday, Kealy weighed in with four points and added another eight in a 64-59 win over Romania.

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