Cyprus and Scotland Primed For Success

05.07.2013

U16 WOMEN DIVISION C

11. Stefanie Foukaris (Cyprus)
Stefanie Foukaris and Cyprus are on track for a medal at the U16 European Championship Women Division C

There is the potential for an exciting title showdown on Sunday at the U16 European Championship Women Division C, with Cyprus and Scotland still on a collision course to determine who finishes top of the podium.

Of the five teams who have assembled in Gibraltar for the tournament, only Cyprus and Scotland are unbeaten having won their two opening games in convincing fashion.

It means that if they each prevail on Saturday in their penultimate fixtures, the stage would be set for a winner-takes-all climax to the competition.

Scotland tipped off their participation by romping to a 73-34 victory over Wales in a victory built on a blistering start. They roared into a 20-6 lead and never looked back, with Lauren Forde and Christie Lamb both claiming 13 points although a sensational seven steals for Nicole Davidson was also pivotal. Only Tanisha Walker led any kind of stiff resistance in defeat, accumulating a super double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds.

The Scots then followed up their opening day success with a similarly convincing 74-41 win against the tournament hosts. Gibraltar were left reeling from the firepower of their opponents, as Forde and Eleanor Jones did the business again for their team. The former racked up another 14 points and the latter amassed a stellar 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Cyprus rolled over Principality of Monaco on their debut, cruising to a 79-36 success, a result which was made more emphatic by a truly spectacular 29-2 final period. Stefanie Fourakis poured in 21 points and fell just one rebound short of a double-double, but it was Eleni Oikonomidou who stole the show with eight rebounds and 16 points from a wonderful six-of-seven shooting performance.

A second win was then achieved against Wales, as Cyprus locked their opponents down to prevail 74-24. They shut down the Welsh offence in all four quarters, never giving up double digits in any period. Oikonomidou was again deadly with 12 points from six-of-nine floor shooting, but Tijana Raca led the way by catching fire from the perimeter and making four of five triples en route to 18 points.

After being trounced in their first contest, Principality of Monaco bounced back with a pair of victories against Wales (57-45) and Gibraltar (70-42). Consequently they will now be hoping to potentially giving Scotland a tough game on Saturday, in what will be their final game.

Cyprus play Gibraltar on Saturday before their showdown with Scotland, whilst the still winless Gibraltar or Wales will meet each other on the last day of the tournament in what could ultimately prove decide who avoids finishing bottom of the pile.


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