The Gliders pressed from beginning to end with particularly great effect in the first quarter to take them out to a 16-9 lead. Tina McKenzie, Shelley Chaplin and Katie Hill played a smothering defense which stopped the opposition entering scoring range.
Coach Triscari injected Bridie Kean, Cobi Crispin and Amanda Carter half way into the second quarter to give their team-mates a well-earned rest and this trio maintained a healthy lead into half time, 28-20.
The result was a great team effort, particularly the team’s effort and communication in defence resulting in many easy transition baskets on the offensive end.
Coach John Triscri said “it is great to see the players respond after their disappointing loss to Germany in our previous game, and they showed great character to bounce back and defeat the Canadians.”
“Even though it was a fantastic win we still made many errors and there is a lot of room for us to improve. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s game against a much improved Netherlands side.”
GLIDERS 55 (Cobi Crispin 14 (2steals), Sarah Stewart 14 (3 rebounds), Katie Hill 8) bt
CANADA 37 (Tara Ferser 9 (3 rebounds), Chantelle Benoit 9, Janet McLauclin 8)
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