Hungary’s run of good form at the European Championship for U18 Women continued in the quarter-finals.
Ever since their triple overtime win over Belarus, the Hungarians have been on a high. That continued this evening due to a comfortable victory against quarter-final opponenents Bulgaria.
It all could have turned out differently for Bulgaria, if fate had not struck them a cruel blow.
In the opening minute of the second quarter, Bulgarian guard Ekaterina Dimitrova suffered a nasty injury after slipping and falling on her back following a lay-up attempt.
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She had to be taken to hospital for a precautionary x-ray and took no further part in the game.
Dimitrova had proved to be the match-winner in Bulgaria’s final group game against Spain, and her loss had a catastrophic effect on her team.
Bulgaria trailed by 1-point with Dimitrova in the game. When she left Hungary immediately took the initiative and increased their advantage to 10 points at halftime, 22:32.
Without one of their offensive leaders, Bulgaria looked lost with the ball in their hands. It took 3 minutes for them to get on the scoreboard in the 3rd quarter, by which time they trailed by 16 points, 22:38.
By the end of the period, Bulgaria had only scored 30 points and the writing was on the wall.
Rita Kollo scored 17 points for Hungary to go along with 10 rebounds, while Andrea Somogyi added 16 and 9.