GB Under-18s Women Overturn Double-Digit Deficit to Win Opener -

GB Under-18s Women Overturn Double-Digit Deficit to Win Opener

Great Britain Under-18s recovered from a slow start to beat Ukraine 80-63 in their Division B opener at the European Championships in Dublin, Ireland.

Vanessa Ellis’ side trailed by 10 points early in the second, but poured in 33 points in the third as part of a dominant second half display en route to their first victory.

Holly Winterburn led the way with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Charlotte Ellmore added 16 points and Jade Blackburn had 13.

Dani Lozzi scored nine points and highlighted her defensive prowess with an impressive eight steals.

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Blackburn banked in GB’s first points from downtown before six points from Winterburn put her side up 9-8. However, Ukraine edged 17-13 ahead after 10 minutes and stretched their lead to double digits with an 8-2 run.

GB battled back to reduce the deficit, but still trailed by seven at 26-33 heading into the half-time break. A strong start to the third saw two triples from Blackburn before Ellmore took over with 11 points in a row to give GB a 54-50 advantage.

Ellmore took her tally to 14 points in the period as GB opened up a 59-52 lead to take into the final 10 minutes.

GB pushed on with a 13-2 start to the final period with Emily Stradling scoring her first points with five in a row as the lead jumped out to 18 points at 72-54.

Ukraine hit back with a 7-0 run to offer a brief rally, but GB responded with an 8-2 run to make sure of the victory.

Meanwhile, also in Group D, hosts Ireland defeated Macedonia 89-43 in their first game.


– GB’s starters were Haines, Lozzi, Winterburn, Blackburn & Knowles
– Blackburn scored GB Under-18’s first-ever points at a European Championships
– Knowles, Stradling, Henderson & Jones all have previous U18 Euro experience
– GB take on Moldova in their second game tomorrow at 4pm UK time
– Moldova were beaten 21-157 in their opener against Slovakia

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