It may be senior national team star Agnieszka Bibrzycka who gets the most attention in the family, but on Friday it was younger sister Magda who grabbed the headlines at the Umcor U18 European Championship Women in Tenerife.
Agnieszka junior hit 8 points in the last three minutes of her team's opening game against Slovak Republic to give Poland a come-from-behind win, 54-51.
In a nervy game characterised by some poor shooting from both sides (22% from the field by Poland, 27% from Slovak Republic), the Slovaks seemed to have the contest under control as they established a 50-42 lead with four minutes to play.
|Magda Bibrzycka |
Bibrzycka appeared an unlikely candidate to turn proceedings around for Poland as up until that point she had hit just one of her seven field goal attempts.
Nonetheless, it was her three-pointer which reduced the lead to four points, 51-47, and after Lidia Kopczyk intercepted an errant pass from Stefania Kandracova, Bibrzycka nailed another three to cut the deficit to one, 51-50.
Nerves then took over both teams and there were no less than a combined five turnovers in the next 2 minutes.
With 33 seconds left, Bibrzycka was fouled and had the chance to give her side the lead from the free throw line. She duly obliged and her clutch free throws put Poland up 51-52.
Slovak Republic tried to run down the clock, but were forced into a difficult shot by some tough Polish defense. Weronika Idczak grabbed the miss, was fouled, and she iced the game for Poland with two free throws.
Agnieszka Skobel top scored for Poland with 19 points, while Bibrzycka finished with 11.