Latvia Lord It Over Brits In U18 Women Division B

09 August 2008

Latvia have enjoyed an excellent start to the U18 European Championship for Women Division B campaign with consecutive victories in Group D over British teams.

On Friday, the Latvians faced England - two days after the Baltic country's 118-43 mauling of Scotland - and stormed out to a 26-7 lead before coasting to an 89-48 triumph.

Ilze Gotfrida led a balanced attack with 16 points.

Ireland won 69-56 over the Scots in the other Group D clash.

Germany are at the top of Group A with a perfect 3-0 record after coming from behind to beat Luxembourg 57-51.

Luxembourg led 34-28 at half-time but weren't able to press home the advantage and lost, despite a game-high 24 points from Lynn Schreiner.

Greece are also unbeaten at 2-0 following a 78-47 thrashing of Austria.

Antigoni Chairistanidou paced the Greeks with 14 points.

In Group B, Slovenia crushed Israel 86-66 and Portugal (1-1) hammered FYR Macedonia 67-56.

Tjasa Gortnar had an eye-popping 32 points and 22 rebounds for the Slovenians, who improved to 1-1.

Maria Correia did most of the damage on offense for the Portuguese in their win.

The Macedonians, who are hosting the event, are now 1-2.

Johanna Lemmetty had 21 points as Finland edged Bosnia-Herzegovina 70-67 while the Netherlands overpowered Denmark 71-58 in the Group C games.

Lemmetty's three-ball with 2:25 remaining snapped a 63-63 tie and the Finns (1-2) led the rest of the way.Bos

The Bosnians fell to 1-1.

Karina van den Nieuwendijk, meanwhile, dominated for the Netherlands in their victory with 19 points and 20 rebounds.

The Dutch destroyers are now 2-0 and at the top of the group while the Danes are 1-2.

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