After the first quarter, both teams were struggling to find their shooting rhythm; Canada shot 5-20, while El Salvador shot 4-12. There was a significant size advantage for the red and white, leading to a 15-5 rebounding advantage after just one quarter of play.
The rest of the game would be all Canada as they put the defensive clamps down and held El Salvador to three straight single digit quarters: four points in the second, eight in the third and nine in the fourth.
Canada’s offense revolved around shots in the paint and three-point looks. The team made eight threes and scored 32 points in the paint.
Daneesha Provo (Dartmouth, N.S.) led the junior women in scoring, finishing with 14 points on 5-11 shooting. Shay Colley (Brampton, Ont.) was a strong presence in the backcourt, chipping in nine points and four assists.
“I found that we came together as a team but we need to work on some things like turnovers and help side defence,” said Colley. “I thought El Salvador was a very good team and very scrappy, but it was good for us to have strong competition.”
Canada’s next game is against Mexico, and tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. EST.
Full roster can be found here: http://www.basketball.ca/junior-women-s15144
Full box score, summary and shot chart can be found here:http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/18/12/27/18/95ArAuhA83D6E/