Andorra Land Historic Gold Medal

20 July 2013

Hosts Andorra are crowned champions at the U18 European Championship Women Division C
Hosts Andorra have reason to smile as they are crowned champions at the U18 European Championship Women Division C

The party is underway in Andorra after the hosts finished top of the podium at the U18 European Championship Women Division C to take a historic first ever gold medal.

In a perfect climax to the tournament for the locals, Andorra claimed a 51-41 win against Malta, thanks mainly to a strong second half when they took control with the game having been locked 31-31 at half-time.

A 12-2 start to the third period broke the game open for the hosts and Malta simply couldn't recover, especially when they endured a painful barren spell during the last 10 minutes, when they could only muster a paltry three points.

Christina Andres was excellent for Andorra with 18 points from six-of-seven floor shooting helping to seal the deal, as well as a place in the All Tournament Team.

And, whilst Claudia Brunet was quiet in the showpiece game, she still walked away with double cause to celebrate after being crowned Tournament MVP.

Gabriella Mifsud scored 15 points for Malta and was given personal recognition by landing a place in the All Tournament Team, an accolade also bestowed upon her colleague Maria Bonett.

Meanwhile having previously lost every game, Wales found the perfect time to register their first success, taking bronze with a stunning 66-39 win against Gibraltar.

Having posted an improved performance 24 hours earlier in the semi-finals, Wales secured a fine win by way of a strong second quarter and powerful finish to the game.

With the scores level 11-11 after the first ten minutes, Wales outscored Gibraltar 20-10 to take a double-digit lead to the locker room at the half.

As Gibraltar briefly considered how they might work their way back into the contest, Wales put their foot on the gas and were even more impressive when they returned to the court.

Their aggressive approach on defense was epitomised by Jessica Ross, who grabbed nine steals as Wales kept their opponents at arm's length, before pulling away in real style during the last 15 minutes.

Tanisha Walker, who celebrated taking the last spot in the All Tournament Team, racked up 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Wales, whilst Jamie Prescott had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Gibraltar.

Welsh head coach Lee Walker also scooped the Fair Play Award to make it a memorable final day for the play-caller and his players.


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