U18 WOMEN DIV B
|Agne Cerneckyte and Lithuania tasted success at the expense of Latvia, winning their bronze medal clash to gain promotion to Divsion A for next season, along with gold medal winners Poland and runners up Belgium|
There was joy for Lithuania at the U18 European Championship Women Division B in Miskolc after they gained the precious win they needed against neighbours Latvia to claim the last remaining promotion spot to Division A for 2014.
Even more impressive is that they took a pulsating 59-56 success without the services of kingpin Dalia Belickaite, as Laura Juskaite stepped up offensively with 14 points on five-for-seven floor shooting. There was also an important 15 point and nine rebound contribution from Roberta Mizgeryte as Latvia were left ruing an eye-watering 1-for-18 from downtown.
The gold medal went to Poland after they completed an exciting 60-55 win against Belgium.
The final provided the expected drama to come with such a game, as the Poles took a seven-point lead into the break, only for the Belgians to push them to the limit in the second half, eventually winning the last 20 minutes by two points, but never being able to go as far as tie the game up or claim the lead.
Angelika Stankiewicz was productive in her 29 minutes on the court for Poland, finishing with a game-high 18 points.
Whilst there was disappointment for the Belgians settling for silver, there was some consolation for star player Julie Allemand, who walked away as MVP after a string of sensational displays.
She was also joined in the All-Tournament Team by her colleague Kyara Linskens who led Belgium in rebounds and blocks.
There was extra joy for Stankiewicz who also grabbed a spot, as did Belickaite and Noemie Rouault of Germany.
Bosnia and Herzegovina finished in a credible fifth to achieve their highes- ever finish at the event after taking a comfortable 67-50 win against Ukraine. They cemented it with a 22-11 last quarter and terrific team effort on the glass.
Bulgaria sneaked into seventh place after taking a tight 72-70 success against hosts Hungary who could not handle the ever-present offensive danger posed by Bulgarian starlet Borislava Hristova. With her team trailing in the closing moments, she scored the last five points of the contest and amassed 32 points.
Germany came up with a 71-46 last day rout of Estonia to finish ninth as Ama Degbeon landed 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winning team.
Finland finished with the eleventh berth after completing a 69-46 victory against Austria, thanks mainly to an 18-8 final quarter and some smart floor shooting by Elina Koskimies and Vilma Purhonen. Meanwhile Sarah Sagerer poured in 20 points for the losing team.
Romania took 13th place with a 70-66 win against Israel, but had to survive a nervous last quarter when they were outscored 20-10. Paula Lenart was the saviour with an outstanding 20 points and eight rebounds, only missing two shots all night.
Denmark finished with a flourish to take 15th place, storming to an 85-39 win against Switzerland in a real team effort. No fewer than five players harvested a double-digit return, whilst Marina Lugt led the way for the Swiss with 14 points on five-for-seven floor shooting.
Scotland avoided last spot at the tournament after claiming a hard-fought 73-58 victory against Norway thanks to another phenomenal effort from Hannah Peacock. She corralled 26 points and 11 rebounds, with Signe Kyrkjebo impressing for the Norwegians by grabbing 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists.