Day Five Wrap

05 August 2013

15. Sophia Larsen (Denmark)
Sophia Larsen and Denmark have advanced to the next stage, still being in the mix for one of three promotion spots

All tickets have now been punched for the second stage of the U16 European Championship Women Division B as eight teams advanced and others suffered heartache on the last day of the First Round.

There was plenty of drama on day five in in Matosinhos as Luxembourg suffered the agony of missing out in a three-way tie in Group B. They fought off a late revival against winless Romania to seal a 50-44 win but it wasn't enough to progress.

England lost 57-46 to eventual group winners Finland but were able to squeeze out Luxembourg to sneak through. The Finns were dominated on the glass and didn't have a single play reach double digits, but still had too much for England, who dried up and only scored eight points in the final quarter. Abigail Johnson at least continued her strong tournament for the English with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

There was also a real gut-wrenching day for Slovenia, who missed out on the chance of possibly forcing a three-way tie in Group D as they were pipped 60-58 by Poland who preserved their unbeaten status to claim top spot.

Slovenia will be kicking themselves as they looked well placed to take the win but imploded as their defence deserted them in the last quarter when they were outscored 29-14. Klaudia Budkiewicz hauled down 16 rebounds for the Poles and also dished up an impressive seven assists.

Earlier in the day, Israel booked their place with 64-46 win against Estonia, with Ofir Lavy adding 14 points and seven assists. Kadri Uiga had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the losing team who are still searching for a first success in Portugal.

Group A witnessed Ukraine keep Norway on zero wins with a 65-44 victory, but there was only one decisive factor to be decided and that was would take first place.

That honour eventually went to Serbia, who achieved a crushing 70-40 win against Belarus after a sensational second half when they put the barriers up. Snezana Bogicevic led the way with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

In Group C, the host nation protected their 100% record in the competition with a 70-52 victory against Germany. The result meant the Germans missed out on taking a coveted top two spot in the pool.

Their loss to Denmark proved fatal after the Danes picked up second place with a crushing 89-63 win against Ireland, as Sarah Mortensen and Enna Pehadzic combined for 41 points.


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