Paula Strautmanes, Ketija Wichman, Karlīne Pilāber, Anete Šteinberg, Ieva Pulvere, Ilze Jākobsone, Vanesa Jas, Aleksa Gulbe, Marta Mishchenko, Kitty Laksa, Kate Vilk, as well as three debutantes – Raina Tomasicka, Luize Sila and Enija Vīksne – went on the trip.
Pulvere and Jasa remained in the reserve in the first game, thus the rotation of small players was quite unusual. Enija Vīksne made her debut when 03:44 minutes were left before the end of the first quarter, while Raina Tomasicka entered the field at 07:00 minutes before the halftime break. Long Louise Silas’ first out came in the fourth quarter.
The starting five
Turkey: Onara, Uzuna, Akalana, Senjureka, Gunera
Latvia: Jákobsone, Vilka, Laksa, Steinberg, Gulbe
The coaches often changed the players for the test match and already in the first half involved almost all the forces in the game. Latvians made free throws with high accuracy in the opening minutes. Especially Kitty Laksa – the striker quickly threw three long shots, including the third one after a pass from Enija Viksne. The new linebacker spent about two minutes on the field in his first appearance. At the end of the first quarter, the Turkish women also caught the wave, making a 0:8 breakthrough after two long shots – 17:23.
The effective performance of Aleksa Gulbe and Aneta Shteinberg allowed to reduce the difference to a minimum – 22:23. A longer period followed, in which possession of the ball was entrusted to Katie Wichman and Raina Tomašicka. The Turkish girls broke away, gaining a 15-point advantage for a while – 25:40, but the end of the half belonged to the Latvians. Steinberg’s long shot started and Wichman’s first two points completed an 8-0 run, 33-40. A moment later, a very long three-point shot by Karlīne Pilāberes fell into the basket, however, it happened already after the end of the half – 33:41.
Katie Wichman and Kate Wilka started the second half in the defensive positions, but Marta Mishchenko scored the first points – 35:41. In the next few minutes, many inaccurate shots followed, while the Turks doubled their lead after two long shots – 35:48. The return of the main forces slowed down the home team’s breakthrough. At the end of half an hour, the Latvians made a breakthrough, during which eight points were scored by the youngest player of the national team, Raina Tomašicka. The defense made half and two long shots – 49:57.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Tomašička had the opportunity to throw the third long shot in a row. The attempt from the left corner was not accurate. Turcietes responded with three effective attacks, forcing Gundars Vētras to demand a one-minute break – 49:63. The discussion was followed by a Turkish long shot and a interception in the defense, settling the question of the game winner. It should be noted that this was the third test match for Turkey, while the Latvians went to the field for the first time.
Test match, May 26, Ahmet Comert spor salono
Turkey – Latvia 75:51 (23:17, 18:16, 16:16, 18:2)
#Tomašicka #excellent #debut #Latvia #loses #Turkey #test #Basketball #Sportacentrs.com