U.S. Women's Youth Olympic Games Team Drops Germany
U.S. Moves To 3-0 In Singapore Behind Henson's 14 Points
Colorado Springs, Colo. • August 17, 2010
The U.S. Women’s Youth Olympic Games Team made its third straight victory in Singapore short and sweet.
Amber Henson (Sickles H.S./Tampa, Fla.) scored a game-high 14 points, including the driving layup that ended the game with 2:08 left in regulation, leading the U.S. women (3-0) to a breezy 33-6 victory over Germany (1-1) in a preliminary round Group B game on Tuesday.
“We wanted to get off to a good start and try to put them away early,” said U.S. women’s head coach Kathy Richey-Walton (Southwest DeKalb H.S., Ga.). “I think (the players) are getting a little more comfortable and a little less confused. I think they’re getting used to each other and getting a better understanding of the game.”
Andraya Carter (Buford H.S./Flowery Branch, Ga.) had eight points, six rebounds and two assists, while Kiah Stokes (Linn-Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa) added seven points and two rebounds. Briyona Canty (Trenton Catholic Academy/Willingboro, N.J.) had four points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds, even though the game lasted less than eight minutes.
Though the basketball games at the Youth Olympic Games feature two, five-minute regulation periods, the game ends immediately if either team reaches 33 points. Henson got the ball at the top of the key and drove through the lane for the game-finishing layup with 2:08 left to play in regulation, capping another impressive win for the U.S.
In their three preliminary round games so far, the U.S. women have outscored their opponents, 97-25.
“The first (game), we were just getting into it. The second one, we were a little sloppy. This game, we just went out and had fun,” Carter said. “We’re getting used to it, and the game’s coming more natural to us. The third win was probably the sweetest so far.”
The U.S. women have an off day on Aug. 18 and finish preliminary round play against Belarus on Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m. (all times are Singapore local, which is +12 hours from Eastern Daylight Time).
Meanwhile, the U.S. men had the day off and play their next preliminary round game against host Singapore on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., and finish preliminary round play against the Central African Republic on Aug. 19 at noon.
2010 Youth Olympic Games
Scheduled to take place every four years, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games men's and women's 3-on-3 basketball competition will feature a total of 40 teams from 38 different countries.
The basketball competition will be played on a half-court in two, five-minute periods. The first team to score 33 points, or the team with the most points at the end of regulation, wins. Each team operates with a 10-second shot clock, and the ball must be brought out behind the 3-point line to score. The player who first gets the ball over the 3-point line, though, has to make one additional pass before a basket can count.
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games are expected to include as many as 5,000 athletes and officials participating from 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with an estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers and more than 500,000 spectators. Athletes 14 to 18 years old are eligible to compete in 26 sports and take part in cultural and educational programs.