U16 WOMEN DIVISION B
|Yanina Inkina and Belarus kept their record perfect in Group A with a third win in as many games |
Both Serbia and Belarus have advanced from Group A to the second phase of the U16 European Championship Women Division B in Matosinhos, Portugal.
With three wins from their first three games, Serbia had already punched their ticket before Sunday's two games in their group and they will now fight it out with Belarus to claim top spot.
Belarus secured their passage with a third win of the tournament by choking the life out of Norway's offence, to take a 55-26 success and preserve their unbeaten record.
After holding their opponents to just five points in the first 10 minutes, they then kept Norway to seven points for each of the subsequent three periods in a real defensive lockdown.
To their credit, Norway did at least perform better in the second half, having been soundly beaten 39-12 before the interval.
Valeryia Smarshko recorded an efficient 14 points and also grabbed four steals for Belarus, although they may need to sharpen up their three-point game, having made only 1-of-18 from distance.
Meanwhile Ukraine found success at the third attempt at the event, courtesy of a 74-59 victory against Switzerland. However, it was too late to claim one of the coveted top two spots in the group.
What they can be proud of, is having the standout player in the tournament so far, in the shape of Olga Yatskovets.
She was sensational in the win, accumulating a spectacular 31 points and 23 rebounds to put the Swiss to the sword.
Yuliia Musiienko played a nice cameo, just missing out on a double-double by one rebound after scoring 14 points from five-of-eight floor shooting.
Evita Herminjard responded with 17 points for Switzerland, who were out-muscled on the boards and could not compete with Yatskovets in the paint.