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Malta And Gibraltar To Scrap For Semis

16.07.2014
SMALL COUNTRIES WOMEN
4. Helena Sverrisdóttir (Iceland)
Helena Sverrisdóttir amassed 20 points in 14 minutes before injury her ankle on Tuesday night

Iceland, Austria and Scotland all booked their places in Friday's semi-finals with convincing victories at the European Championship for Small Countries Women in St. Pölten on Tuesday.

Iceland left nothing to chance as they followed their day one defeat of Malta by trouncing Gibraltar 120-30.

Helena Sverrisdóttir paced Iceland with 20 first-quarter points as they jumped out to a 35-8 start. But she would only play 14 minutes, as her appearance was cut short by a twisted ankle - although coach Ivar Asgrimsson is confident he will have her back for the final four.

"We played our game," said Asgrimsson. "Now we have two days off, Helena (Sverrisdóttir) will be back (on Friday)."

That result leaves Malta and Gibraltar to battle it out for the final semi-final place from Group A on Wednesday while in Group B Scotland and Austria will go head-to-head for top spot and the right to avoid Iceland.

Scotland secured their passage to the next stage after emerging victorious from a ‘Battle of Britain' with Wales.

Wales trailed by just six points after 10 minutes but were blown away 24-2 in the second quarter as Scotland took complete control before coasting to an 86-43 decision.

Five players scored in double figures for the Scots, Rona Corkindale leading them with 14, as coach Ben Gunn was able to rest and rotate his unbeaten squad.

He said: "After a good start we were able to run the whole bench. We improved from yesterday."

Austria also moved to 2-0 after dispatching Azerbaijan 94-29 behind a game-high 15 points from Julia Pöcksteiner.

Austria were never troubled in this game, despite another tentative first period, and go into their group decider with Scotland full of confidence.

"Although we got off to a slow start offensively our defence never wavered," said Austria coach Mike Kress. "I am proud of the consistency of our effort."

 

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