On Monday Scotland lost to top qualifiers Greece 65-40.
The Scots looked in with a real chance as they closed to within 4 points at 32-36 towards the end of the third quarter. But a series of errors allowed Greece to go on a run that put the game beyond reach.
It was a great effort again by Scotland against Greece, a perennial world power who stepped down from Division A level this season. But this team is not content to perpetuate the Scottish underdog mentality.
Head Coach Donna Finnie, when asked if she was pleased to get close to Greece, gave another insightful response; “We’re not happy,” remarked Finnie, “because at one point we thought we had a chance”
“I guess most people would say losing to Greece by 25 is great for us, but we were very down after the game because with some better decision making we may have turned that result around.”
Mairi Buchan led Scotland with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Buchan is averaging a “double double” with 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, good enough for 6th overall in the tournament. The rebound count is one area Scotland has excelled in at this tournament, with every player pitching in. Guard Rebecca Allison, who remains at the Under 18 age group for two more years, pulled in 8 rebounds.
Holly Fillingham showed her offensive abilities to led Scotland with 12 points on 5 of 10 shooting.
By the fourth quarter, each Scotland player had hit the court and by games’ end everyone had played a minimum of 5 minutes.
Monday night was memorable for the Scots for a different reason. The team’s hotel was hit by a flu bug that floored starting Centre Rowan Bell, Fillingham and Assistant Coach Jennifer McLaren. Six Slovenians and three Belgians were also hit, prompting the Doctor to be called in.
Bell and McLaren didn’t even make it to the game against Netherlands on Tuesday, with Fillingham struggling to run and managing only 12 minutes on court.
A forgettable game ended in a 62-34 win for Netherlands. One positive was Captain Annie Rowan getting her offense back on track to lead Scotland with 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting.
Scotland now enter the qualifying rounds for 8th to 16th place with games against England on Wednesday and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday.
Bring it on.