Both England & Netherlands have faced recent losses to top quality opposition, Hungary u18’s & Australia u19’s respectively so last nights match at Oaklands College gave both teams further insight to their standing as they head into the u18 European Championships.
Netherlands started the game without the inside presence of Janis Ndiba and Mirte Scheper who are both helping the Orange Angels with their u20 campaign. Injuries to Steggink and Denise left them venerable inside and the final stats proved England out scored the Orange angels in the paint and had a healthy total rebound margin.
It was the visitors who got out to a great start with some full court pressure forcing a few England turnovers and Coach Lee Ryan had an early time out as his side were down 7-0. An effective time out and it was soon a nip and tuck affair for the duration of the game.
Laura Westerik was always on hand to create scores for herself and she ended the game with 18 pts as normal hitting 100% of her FT’s. Joint top scorer for the Netherlands was Myrte Den Heeten but the team will need a greater contribution form the bench if they are to challenge England this morning. Asa Kanatbeen exited the game early with an ankle strain let’s see if she will play a part today.
England u18’s showed a balanced scoring effort both both outside and in. 10 players registered a score with the impressive 2017 Savannah Wilkson top scoring on her way to a double double from 29 mins of action. Georgia Gayle remained a constant threat from outside hitting 4 of England’s long range efforts.
Coach Lee Ryan was able to utilise various players at the guard spot. Gabby Nikitinaite continues to pick out passes that wow the crowd as the team continue their preparations I think the assist ratio will continue to rise. Impressive on the boards was Mel George who snagged 9 in just 17 minutes of action great to see a player have a passion in her role. England kept great floor spacing on offence and minimal shot clock forced efforts shows that the offence is in good shape. Minimal scores in transition yesterday could be a target for today’s contest that tips at 13.00 at Oaklands college. See you in the gym !