Scotland Senior Women battle the elements in Euro prep
Scotland Senior Women Austria trip 29th June 2012.
Travel: due to the chaos the rain and flooding caused the previous evening with the railways our train through to Newcastle was cancelled but with help from Basketballscotland staff we hired cars to take us to Newcastle airport to start our journey. Only with the help of Trish Bromley, Tech services manager at the airport who fast tracked us through security were we able to make the flight with 5 minutes before take-off.
Accommodation: Originally the Austrian Federation were going to accommodate us in a “youth hotel” hostel to you and me, however they upgraded us to a hotel 6 minutes walk from the venue which was much better all round as the temperature was around 35 degrees each day.
Unfortunately we didn’t have the services off Kathryn Taylor who had been performing really well for the team till we played in Manchester due to injury, but on the upside we now had Mairi Buchan returning from Old dominion.
The temperature in the arena was 36⁰ and no air conditioning. Both teams started in man to man playing real physical and aggressive defence on and off the ball. We tried to put continued pressure on their guards rotating all four of our guards to maintain this. They are a really good shooting team when allowed time, however our plan was to take that away. Defences were on top so the scoring was fairly slow to start with Austria pulling away to a 13-9 first quarter lead. Siobhan Moore leading us with 4 points while Gillian Baird pulled down some great rebounds
Our philosophy is to always look to break and run early offence and allied to that we played with more patience in sets Q2 which allowed us to make some better decisions. Our defence was really physical and it started to pay off keeping them off our boards to give us 13 defensive rebounds. Our flex offence started to offer up some good shots as we turned at half time all square at 24-24 low scoring due to both defences really playing hard.
Q3. Special Mention should go to the four guards Emma Findlay, Deanne Hayward Gemma Black and Linsey Campbell who continually rotated, containing the Austrian guards and controlling the offence. We got to the stripe a lot but shot only 6o% not nearly high enough, however we ran out the quarter 40-33 ahead, holding them to 9 points and allowing us 16 with Deanne Hayward with 5, Siobhan moving to 8 points and Mairi and Rona moving to 10.
Q4 continued to be a real physical battle with both teams playing hard but again we didn’t take advantage of the fact we were getting to the line, finishing up making only 13 /23…. 57%. With around 4 minutes to go Mairi went down injured and couldn’t compete in the games any more through injury, a real blow which unsettled the team for a bit allowing Austria a couple of easy shots from the short corner. With quick responses from Deanne, Rona and Siobhan we rallied to keep our heads in front. Having witnessed one of the best defensive efforts for many years we ran out winners 49-43. For the record, scorers were: Deanne 8, Siobhan and Mairi 10 each and Rona with 12, but points don’t tell the whole story; the team effort was the real story.
The team :- Deanne Hayward – Mairi Buchan – Rona Corkindale – Lynsey Campbell – Siobhan Moore – Gemma Black – Aildhi Hood – Julie Ritchie – Gillian Baird – Emma Findlay – (Kathryn Taylor injured)