Kamile Nacickaite is just back from her first major tournament with Lithuania's senior national team. The small forward from Siauliai who last season played for C.U.S. Chieti in Italy, was part of a young but hungry squad who enjoyed their time on and off the court despite some mixed results.
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So our journey in the European Championship ended earlier than expected. Didn't make it past the first round. I won't lie: Our group was pretty tough with two teams, Czech Republic and Croatia, who played at the London Olympics last summer. But being the youngest team in the tournament I think we learned our lesson and got much needed experience. For example: we had the lead in our first game of the tournament against Croatia, but we lost it due to our inexperience, inconsistency and we handled the pressure poorly at the end.
The second tournament game against Czech Republic was very difficult because they analysed our team well, and used our weakness, which is not having a true experienced point guard, by pressuring our guards full court all game. The third game against Belarus was easiest to play, because the match didn't mean anything, the team was stress-free and calm so we got the "W". Therefore we left France with our heads help up high.
So in a few years, everybody, watch out for Lithuania!
Since all I can do is watch the tournament games online while I'm on vacation, in my opinion the best chance to win it all is France. They are a strong, athletic and smart team. Besides France has many experienced players who played in top teams in Europe. They are the toughest team I got to play against with our national team.
It's been real...
So till the next time!