U16 WOMEN DIV. C
|Hannah Helen Robb deservedly earned a spot on the All-Tournament team|
All 12 players in the Scottish squad contributed again to fully earn their U16 European Championship Women Division C gold medal with a 53-44 victory over hosts Malta.
Coach Luis Romero-Sanchez utilised his whole bench, as he has done throughout the tournament, which ended with all 12 squad members averaging between 11 and 22 minutes per game.
Ruth Allison was the only player to log more than 21 minutes in this decisive final-day encounter, and she rewarded the coach with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Robb led the way, notching 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Scotland scored the first seven points of the contest to deflate the home crowd, and they never relinquished their lead during the match. Malta leant heavily on their five starters, who all logged more than 30 minutes of game-time, but the closest they came was within five points during the second quarter.
Both teams struggled from the field, combining for 24.2% shooting in the contest, but Scotland were able to generate more second-chance opportunities with outstanding work on the glass. Morven Fraser pulled down 12 rebounds in total and Shannon McAuley had seven on the offensive end alone, while Nicole Davidson's six steals also proved to be crucial.
Nicole Agius was the only player on the Malta team who could gain any traction, nailing five three-pointers on her way to a game-high 20 points.
The other match on the final day saw Wales avoid the wooden spoon with a 50-14 drubbing of Gibraltar. The Gibraltar team finished a demoralising tournament with zero points in the final quarter.
Wales scored the first eight points of the match to put Gibraltar on the back foot, and Emily Stradling's shot late in the first half put her team 21-5 ahead to effectively seal the contest. Stradling ended with a game-high 22 points and seven steals, a number which Sophie Evans matched while adding 10 points herself.
Carys Allen couldn't get her shots to drop but did at least work hard on the boards, ending with 17 rebounds to add to 11 points. As was often the case over the last week, Naylin Ward's rebounding prowess was a rare bright spot for Gibraltar as she grabbed 21 in the match, taking her total to 73 over the four matches.
Scotland's fine team performance was highlighted by the fact that Tournament MVP Lauren Forde could afford to contribute only six points and four rebounds in the decisive match. Forde ended the week averaging 14.5 points per game, as well as six rebounds and three steals.
Team-mate Robb deservedly joined Forde on the all-tournament team, which was rounded out by Malta's Nicole Agius and Evans and Allen from Wales. Gibraltar were presented with the Fair Play award.