England See Off Estonia To Top Group C


England wrapped up a perfect run through Group C in the U18 European Championship for Women Division B with a 75-68 victory over Estonia.

Gemma Bullard scored 22 points to pace Michael Ball's team, while Temitope Fagbenie added 17 and 13 rebounds.

England led 41-31 at half-time but suffered some nervous moments as Estonia cut the gap back to three, 64-61, on Nele Laurimaa's lay-up with six minutes to go.

But England then found another gear and used an 8-2 run to move clear once more. Maria Bratka led Estonia with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

England and Finland move forward to the Qualifying Round group where they will face Belarus and the Netherlands in the next round.

The other Group C game on Tuesday was a dead rubber as Bulgaria beat Scotland 61-38 in the battle to avoid last place.

Nora Georgieva and Mariya Svetoslavova had 10 points each to lead Bulgaria.

In Group A, Romania wrapped up second place with a 75-49 victory over Luxembourg.

Romania led 24-9 by the end of the first quarter and although Luxembourg improved, Romania only continued to pull clear.

Sonia Ursu scored 17 points to pace the victors, who will now play Denmark.

Romania together wiith Greece progress to Qualifying Round where they will face Croatia and Denmark.

Switzerland took third place in the group with a 79-73 win over Portugal as Dana Bozovic scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds.

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