U16 Women FIBA Euro C Bronze Medal Game: Gibraltar 29-62 Scotland
From the minute the players arrived at breakfast, it was obvious that they were extremely nervous about playing in the bronze medal game.
For some of them, this was the biggest game that they had been a part of.
Straight after breakfast, the squad made their way to the practice session to go over some drills that would be useful in the game that evening. All players ran hard during practice and look determined when driving to the basket. It was obvious that the players wanted to win this game and claim a Bronze medal.
After a good practice session, the players had some time to relax before lunch. All players decided to stay at the hotel and start to focus on the game ahead.
From there, it was time to have some lunch and then make the trip to the venue for our last game of the tournament.
Scotland were the first to score in this game with a Katie Fergus jump shot and they never looked back after this. Gibraltar secured their first points on the board with 1 free throw being made from 2 attempts.
Sam Butler then added her first points of the game to put Scotland up 4-1. From here, both teams continued to pressure each other and look to take advantage of offensive boards.
Quarter score: Scotland 11 Gibraltar 7
The start of the second quarter saw both teams trading a basket each to make the score 13-9 to Scotland.
From here, Scotland put on a great display of pressure defence to keep Gibraltar at bay. The Scotland girls also started to move the ball more freely and were able to find open shots.
This hard work and determination was rewarded by finishing the quarter on a 10-0 run.
Half-time score: Scotland 26 Gibraltar 11
The third quarter saw another closely fought 10 minutes. Both teams wanted to start the better team in the second half of the game. Michelle Bradley of Scotland had other ideas though, she managed to fire off 7 points in a row. Gibraltar eventually managed to score their first basket of the second half with 7 minutes to go.
Both teams traded baskets over the remaining period, with Scotland taking the quarter by 4 points.
3rd Quarter Score: Scotland 41 Gibraltar 22
During the final quarter of the game, Scotland stepped it up another gear and managed to gain several steals while hustling on defence. Even though the lead increased, the defence of the Scotland team stayed the same. They didn’t show any signs of tiring and they certainly looked determined to win that Bronze medal.
The final score in this quarter was 21-7 to Scotland.
This meant that the overall score was Scotland 62 Gibraltar 29.
Resulting in Scotland securing the Bronze Medal.
After the game, the girls had time to get a well deserved shower, before taking part in the closing ceremony/medal presentations. It was a proud moment for the players and coaches to show that all of the hard work and dedication had paid off.
As well as receiving the bronze medals, Katie Fergus had also been selected as one of the All Star 5 players of the tournament. This was a great achievement for Katie, as she thoroughly deserved to make the All star 5.
Once again, congratulations to all involved.