Spain move on, France still perfect

09 August 2008

Spain collected their second straight blow-out victory to remain perfect at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women after an 80-45 win over Belarus.

Marina Delgado led the way with 18 points and Elena Diaz added 12 points for Jose Ignacio Hernandez's team, which is 2-0 in Group D and moved into the Qualifying Round.

Every Spanish player scored at least two points while 11 players grabbed at least one rebound as the Iberian defense held Belarus to under 20 percent shooting for the game.

Aliaksandra Shymkaviak made just 5-of-18 shots but scored a game-high 13 points for Belarus, who dropped to 0-2 in the group. Maryia Filonchyk was contained to just four points while grabbing 10 rebounds for Viktoriya Datsun's team.

Spain wasted little time jumping ahead, using a triple by Queralt Casas and three-point plays by Delgado and Laura Gil in opening a 13-3 lead early. A Diaz three-ball pushed the margin to 22-9 and Spain led 22-12 after one period. Nadzeya Bohdan's three-point play opened the second quarter but Delgado sparked an 11-0 Spanish surge and Hernandez's girls were ahead 43-22 at half-time.

Marina Delgado (Spain)
Marina Delgado (Spain) led the way with 18 points for her team
Spain did not stop their onslaught in the second half. Already up 47-26, the Iberians scored 10 straight points and six staight points later by Diaz increased the advantage to 65-30 after three periods. Shymkaviak's three-ball got Belarus to within 32 points - 67-35 - but Spain would increase the margin to 39 points by the end of the game.

France notched their second straight victory at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a solid 75-52 win against Turkey.

Adja Konteh poured in 25 points as the only player to score in double figures for France in the Group A encounter. Florine Basque had eight points and Eléonore Grossemy chipped in 12 rebounds for Arnaud Guppillotte's side, which is 2-0.

Turkey dropped to 1-1 in the group as Olcay Cakir was leading scorer with 11 points.

The Turks could not get anything going offensively early, missing their first 13 shots as France scored the first eight points and led 16-3 before Betül Kalfali converted a three-point play with 2:35 left in the first quarter. Turkey would pull to within 18-11 after 10 minutes. The advantage was back up to 12 points - 27-15 - after Grossemy's three-point play midway through the second quarter. Firat Okul's team answered with an 11-2 surge to trail just 29-26 before France went into the break ahead 37-31.

Konteh and Basque combined for all 10 points in a 10-0 surge to open a 16-point lead 49-33 midway through the third period. The Turks worked the deficit back down to 51-42 by the end of the third. And the French could not pull away in the fourth as Cakir converted a three-point play as Turkey trailed 61-49 with four minutes left. But Marion Lemonnier's triple would eventually spark a 14-3 finish to the game.

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