Ami­here and Brown pace Canada over China

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

UDINE, ITALY — Canada has clinched a spot in the semi­fi­nals of the Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de Bas­ket­ball women’s U19 World Cup.

Laeti­cia Ami­here of Mis­sis­sauga scored 21 points to lift the Cana­di­ans to a 68-65 vic­tory over China in Fri­day’s quar­ter-fi­nals. Hai­ley Brown of Hamil­ton grabbed 13 re­bounds. The Cana­di­ans will face Rus­sia on Satur­day. China cut the Cana­di­ans’ 10-point lead to just two over the game’s fi­nal 30 sec­onds be­fore Canada sealed the vic­tory.

“We talked a lot about weath­er­ing the storm and play­ing through ad­ver­sity,” said Cana­dian team coach Carly Clarke.

“I thought we did a great job of keep­ing our com­po­sure when China got off to a hot start.”

This will mark just the se­cond tour­na­ment semi­fi­nal berth for Canada’s un­der-19 women’s team. In 2009, the squad fin­ished fourth over­all.

The vic­tory over China comes on the heels of the Cana­dian men’s team win­ning gold at its U19 World Cup in Cairo, the coun­try’s first world bas­ket­ball ti­tle ever.

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