England Under-16 women will join the recently promoted under-16 men in Division A next year after beating Latvia 51-40 in the Division B European Championship semi-finals on Saturday, in Arad, Romania.
The England side become the second team to gain promotion to Division A this summer, and are now the third team from Great Britain to be in the top tier, joining the aforementioned England U16 men and the Great Britain Under-20 women.
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott and Cheridene Green had 15 points apiece as England hit 15 unanswered points in the first half to overturn an early deficit. Although Latvia made a run in the fourth quarter, a 12-4 finish by England proved enough to seal the victory.
England are 6-1 through the tournament so far, suffering just one early loss to Slovenia by two points. Shequila Joseph (pictured) has been their top player, averaging 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game, being amongst the leaders in a number of different statistical categories.
Karen Burton’s side will now look to do what the England U16 men couldn’t do, and win the final when they take on Germany on Sunday afternoon. They will be underdogs going into the game, with Germany being undefeated so far through the tournament.
For more on information on their tournament so far and to follow the team in the final check out their team page on FIBA Europe.
Image Credit: FIBA Europe/D. Dukovski
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