U16 Women FIBA Euro C Semi-Final: Cyprus 62-39 Scotland
The semi-final day started with the players meeting at 9am for breakfast at the hotel. During breakfast the players seemed to be in a relaxed mood and looking forward to the day ahead.
After breakfast, all players and coaches made their way down to the launderette to collect the teams home strips and warm-up tops for the game that day. With playing kit in our hands, it was time to make our way back to the hotel.
Once we arrived back to the hotel, the girls had some free time before lunch. As we had a game that afternoon, it was suggested to the players that they have as much rest as possible to prepare for the game.
With everyone having a rest, it was time to have some lunch before we headed to the venue for our game. We left the hotel to take the 15min bus journey to the sports centre. It was clear at this point that some players were beginning to feel nervous about the game.
Once at the venue, the players had time to relax and focus on the task ahead.
Scotland started this game with 2 quick free-throws by Keri Jackson to take an early lead. Cyprus had a couple of quick baskets and the girls found themselves down 4-2. Taylor McKeown again answered by driving strong to the basket and finishing with a tough lay-up to tie the game.
Cyprus then took advantage of Scotland’s missed opportunities and managed to take a 12-4 lead. However, the Scotland players kept fighting and managed to finish the quarter strong.
Quarter score: Scotland 18 Cyprus 19
During the second quarter, both teams struggled to convert opportunities and this led to a low scoring quarter for both teams.
Scotland showed great determination on defence and this was clearly frustrating the Cyprus players.
Half-time score: Scotland 25 Cyprus 28
For Scotland, this had to be the worst quarter of basketball for the national season. The players couldn’t convert their opportunities and this led to them putting their heads down.
A bit of confusion also saw one of the Scotland players going on a fast-break and scoring in to her own basket. As the referee had already signalled for the basket to count, it was too late for him to call what should have been a back-court violation.
This mistake clearly affected the Scotland players and they found it difficult to re-group after this.
Cyprus took advantage of this and managed to extend their lead to 23 points.
End of 3rd Quarter Score: Scotland 27 Cyprus 50
After a disappointing end to the 3rd quarter, Head Coach Luis Romero told the players to put that quarter behind them and to re-focus on the final quarter and to try and regain some of the respect that they had built up in the tournament so far.
The players responded to this well and once again stepped up their effort on defence. They managed to finish the quarter tied at 12 all. This was a better effort from the players.
End of Game result: Scotland 39 Cyprus 62.
A disappointing result for the players, but they knew that they had to focus on the next task ahead, which was a chance to take a Bronze medal against Gibraltar the following day.