U18 WOMEN DIV B
|Aline Verelst and Belgium broke hometown hopes with their 81-59 win over the hosts on Thursday evening|
The semi-finalists for the U18 European Championship Women Division B have been determined but only after some real drama on game day seven in Miskolc.
Lithuania suffered their first defeat on Hungarian soil after they were edged out 75-71 by Ukraine in a real thriller. That result, combined with Poland routing Bulgaria 92-60, left a three-way-tie situation in Group E and once the calculators came out, it was heartbreak for Ukraine and joy for both the Poles and Lithuanians who advanced to the last four.
Angelika Stankiewicz continued her hot-form for Poland and dropped 24 points after firing four triples, whilst center Weronika Telenga accumulated a double-double with 12 points and 15 boards. Borislava Hristova replied with 21 points for the Bulgarians.
The five game winning streak of Lithuania came to a halt mainly because of a trio of excellent performances from Nataliya Skorbatyuk, Olga Yatskovets and Iryna Zhmurko who combined for 52 of their teams' points tally.
In Group F, the day was balanced perfectly and there were no need for any calculators, with four teams all locked on one win and one loss. It meant each winning team from the two games taking place would progress to the semi-final.
The first to make it was Belgium who claimed a convincing 81-59 win against home favourites Hungary. The hosts simply had no answer to Julie Allemand who was absolutely sensational. She finished with a brilliant double-double of 21 points on 7-for-10 floor shooting and a terrific ten assists. She also pulled down six rebounds and grabbed a stellar six steals.
Already in control, Belgium made the game safe during the last 10 minutes when they outscored their opponents 20-9. Bernadett Horvath top-scored for Hungary with 13 points.
|Sigita Dzarcane and Latvia are now just one step away from Division A|
Latvia took the last remaining berth in the last four by taking down Bosnia and Herzegovina in convincing fashion, with a powerful display in the paint helping to achieve a 64-46 victory.
Kate Kreslina was the stand-out player with 19 points for the Latvians and Melisa Brcaninovic had seven points and eight rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Elsewhere, in the second round for 9th to 18th place, there were victories in Group G for Estonia and also for Switzerland, who finally tasted the winning feeling at the fifth attempt with a hard fought 44-37 success against Norway. Merveilles Tshitenge led the way with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Swiss scored eight of the last 12 points in the game to get over the finish line.
The Estonians produced a stunning 23-6 final quarter to prevail 65-51 against Finland as both teams struggled to find their range from downtown. Tuuli Menna tried her hardest for the losing team with 17 points, but Estonia had too much in their locker. A total of 50 points and 24 rebounds were harvested by Trine Kasemagi, Kadri Lass and Tatjana Razguliajeva.
A majestic 24 points and 12 rebounds by Noemie Roualt sent Germany on their way to a comfortable 78-61 success against Romania. They led virtually from tip to buzzer although did have to see off a late Romanian surge led by Selena Kirberg who had an excellent 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Finally, a big last quarter defensive effort by Denmark helped them take a 60-52 win against Scotland. They held the Scots to just eight points in the last 10 minutes to seal victory, with Kia Fisker wrapping up a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, whilst teammate Anemone Scheel had a great shooting night and sunk 17 points.
was on fire in defeat, posting 22 points and 11 boards.