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Scotland Play On

04.07.2007

Scotland’s Junior Women progressed to the classification round of the UMCOR U18 European Championship Women Division B yesterday after finishing 4th in their group.

On Monday Scotland lost to top qualifiers Greece 65-40.

The Scots looked in with a real chance as they closed to within 4 points at 32-36 towards the end of the third quarter, but a series of errors allowed Greece to go on a run that put the game beyond reach.

It was a great effort again by Scotland against Greece, a perennial world power who stepped down from Division A level this season.

Head Coach Donna Finnie, when asked if she was pleased to get close to Greece, said: “We’re not happy, because at one point we thought we had a chance”

“I guess most people would say losing to Greece by 25 is great for us, but we were very down after the game because with some better decision making we may have turned that result around.”

Mairi Buchan led Scotland with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Buchan is averaging a “double-double” with 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, good enough for 6th overall in the tournament.

Rebounding has been a strength for Scotland with every player pitching in.

Guard Rebecca Allison, who remains at the Under 18 age group for two more years, pulled in 8 rebounds.

Holly Fillingham showed her offensive abilities to led Scotland with 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting. 

Scotland now enter the qualifying rounds for 8th to 16th place with games against England on Wednesday and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday.

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