The England U16 squad finished in 10th place in Division B European Championships.
England were in Group C with Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Ireland and Scotland where the top two teams would go through to the next stage of playing for 1-8 place.
The first game saw the team get out of the gates destroying Bulgaria 83-45 behind a team high 19-points from captain Holly Winterburn. But she had a full array of support from Hannah Jump (17), Shauna Harrison (15), Maya Hyacienth (12), and Loie Webb (10).
The next day the team faced Bosnia and Herzegovina which was a close affair until the last few minutes where England pulled away to win 66-56, again led by Holly Winterburn posting a double double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. This set up a showdown with Scotland where England proved too much to get a convincing 75-46 victory with no surprise Winterburn doing the damage with 20 points and 9 rebounds.
With a non-game day up next giving time for the team to reenergise and get ready for their toughest test against the only other undefeated team in Finland. The game went back and forth in the early stages but Finland pulled away in the third to have a healthy lead. This didn’t stop England keep coming where they took the lead with just 4 minutes to go but ran out of steam where they had to foul at the end to come out with a 51-63 loss.
Next up was Ireland to decide who would go through with Finland for the 1-8 classification games. It was a high intensity game that saw countless lead changes but it was Ireland who held their nerve to narrowly win 46-52 leaving England stunned and a highest finish now of 9th place.
The team had to re group which they certainly did putting in some fine performances to take down Macedonia 64-56 behind 15 points from Shauna Harrison who again was to lead England past Estonia the next day 70-62 along with Hannah Jump who both scored 21 points each.
The final game for 9th or 10th place was against powerhouse Belgium who had proven to be a cut above the rest in the classification games where England fell short to lose 34-76 to close out the tournament in 10th place.