GB U20 Women unable to stop Latvia
Great Britain’s U20 Women had one of their stronger outings of the 2012 European Championship (Division A) on Friday but still fell to Latvia 72-61
, leaving them at the foot of the relegation table with an 0-4 record.
GB stayed in Latvia’s shadow for most of the game; even when they trailed by as much as 14 points in the final quarter, they managed to trim the deficit to 6 when Jess Hurd hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute left.
However, the injuries and illness have taken their toll on coach Frans Griffioen’s team during this Championship run and they could get no closer than that 6-point gap.
Hurd finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Erin McGarrachan had 12 and 5 for GB. Sabine Dukate led Latvia and the game with 18 points.
Turnovers were a major issue for Britain, committing 22 to Latvia’s 5, and 15 of those 22 turnovers were a result of steals. Latvia also showed their shooting superiority hitting 10 of 25 three point attempts compared to GB’s 2 of 7.
GB’s next game will be on Saturday against current table leaders Italy, who look poised to take the one available spot that will stay safe in Division A for 2013.