Scottish Duo set to dominate
In a packed summer for GB Basketball, Scotland has had one or more player in each age group, adding to the success of Scottish Basketball. As reported on The Church of Hoops before, two made it to the practice squad. The GB U16 Women are the last squad to be announced before they fly out to compete in the FIBA European Championships B, in Montenegro.
The first Scot to be named is Caledonia Pride, Edinburgh University and City of Edinburgh Kool Kats star Pollyanna Storie. Storie has multiple Scotland Caps and played for GB last summer as well. Coming off a SBC treble with Kats U18 as well as another Playoff and Cup win with Edinburgh Uni, Storie will be in top form heading out to the Championships.
We caught up with Pollyanna after the squad was announced.
“It feels great to be representing GB for the second year.” Storie said, “I’m really excited for euros and can’t wait to get started against Macedonia on Thursday.
Storie is confident the team can shine at this years Championships, saying “I have confidence in the team and I’m sure we will play well and represent GB well!”
Joining Storie is Perth Phoenix standout Ella Doherty. Doherty too has had a successful season, winning the U16 SBC D1 title with Perth and reaching both the Cup and Playoff Final in which she played very well. This will be Doherty’s first GB Cap, one for the future, the first of many.
Head Coach Kendrick Liburd named his final 12 ahead of the Championships as follows:
|GREAT BRITAIN FINAL 12 FOR FIBA U16 WOMEN’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Rebecca Adjeiwaah Dwomoh||Sant Josep (ESP)|
|Asha Andrews||Sevenoaks Suns|
|Lilly Annim||Southend Swifts|
|Hannah Dawson||Surrey Blue Storm|
|Ella Doherty||Perth Phoenix|
|Tamara Fournillier-Onadeko||Sevenoaks Suns|
|Molly James||Bristol Flyers|
|Jade Mbam||Manchester Mystics|
|Ella Pearson||Ipswich Basketball|
|Amelia Sandie||Brighton Cougars|
|Pollyanna Storie||Caledonia Pride|
|Cameron Taylor-Willis||Ipswich Basketball|
|Head Coach: Kenrick Liburd||Assistant Coach: Adeniyi Amadou||Physiotherapist: Chedell Cruickshank||Team Manager: Jo Holmes|
Speaking to gbbasketball.com, Liburd said “We have been really encouraged by how hard the players have worked and how they have responded to the challenges that they have faced.”
“The group is really coming together and starting to develop an identity on the floor, our focus is taking things one game at a time and being as good as we can be for the Macedonia game.”
The team will play 5 group games against Macedonia, Sweden, Montenegro, Iceland and Greece.