|16 August 2013|
U18 WOMEN DIV B
|Agne Cerneckyte was one of the Lithuanians cashing in big on Thursday, ending with 12 points and eight assists|
Lithuania were making a big statement at the U18 European Championship Women Division B on Thursday, thumping Norway 115-19 to begin their proceedings.
It was a merciless display from the Lithuanians with six players making it into double figures led by Daugile Sarauskaite who equalled the points haul of the entire opposition with 19.
Nothing was going right for Norway, who could not manage a solitary point in the third quarter.
In the other Group A game, Estonia cruised to a 63-46 success over Israel thanks to a big second quarter.
The teams were tied at 23 midway through the second stanza when Marie Roosalu split a pair of free throws to start a 12-0 run that swung the game in Estonia's favour.
Estonia continued to add to their lead, paced by 12 points from Tatjana Razguliajeva and Denmark could not keep up, despite 12 from Ofir Banet.
Nikolina Delic dropped five points in the final six seconds as Bosnia and Herzegovina came from behind to beat Germany 64-60.
Bosnia led for more than 36 minutes in their Group D opener but trailed 60-59 with just 16 seconds to play after Germany's Noémie Rouault connected on a two-point jump shot to take her personal tally to 34.
But Delic dominated the final few ticks, hitting a three-pointer to give Bosnia and Herzegovina the lead before picking off a poor pass and drawing a foul, which sent her to the line to add two more.
Rouault also pulled down 12 rebounds as teammate Ama Degbeon scored 10 and also had 14 boards while Delic finished with 18 in total.
The other game in Group D saw Austria hold off Denmark for an 85-79 victory behind 24 points and 12 rebounds from Anja Fuchs-Robetin.
Latvia outlasted Romania 59-51 in Group C's first game.
Romania had held the lead until the closing stages of the third quarter when Vineta Birina completed a Latvian fast-break to give her team their first lead at 38-36.
This advantage was extended by the final buzzer as Latvia were led by Kitija Laksa's 10 points, meaning Iulia Raileanu's 14 points weren't enough for Romania to escape with the win.
Hosts Hungary hammered Scotland 95-38 in the other Group C game, leading effectively from start to finish.
Vivien Raus was Hungary's high scorer with 16 while Yhana Van Wees hit 12 for the Scots.
Group B got underway as Ukraine used the half-time break to settle themselves before powering to a 77-58 win over Bulgaria.
The teams were tied eight times in the first 20 minutes but Ukraine opened the second half on an incredible 23-0 run to seize control and secure a winning start to their campaign.
Vita Gorobets got Ukraine going with 20 points in the first half but oddly only added four in the second half as her team took the upper hand.
As a result, Bulgaria's Borislava Hristova overtook her as the game's top scorer on 26.
Elsewhere in Group B, Finland felled Switzerland 69-43 for a comfortable opening victory.
The Finns trailed for just 13 first-quarter seconds before Tuuli Menna - 11 points and 10 rebounds - and her teammates took the game to their opponents, dominating in all areas.