Lizzy wants to build on international experience
‘An amazing experience’ was how Lizzy Sanders described her first international competition after competing for the England Under-15s.
The 15-year-old took part in the Copenhagen Invitational basketball tournament at the weekend.
The County Upper Basketball Academy pupil has had a stratospheric rise in the sport, having only focused on it over the past year, and has now made her international debut at youth level.
The experience has driven her towards further development, as she hopes to continue to compete for England – and even Team GB one day.
“It was an amazing experience,” the teenager, who is also a pupil at County Upper, said.
“I’m used to playing in this country and it was incredible to get to play other countries.
“It’s hard to get my head around how quickly it’s all happened, I look back to a year ago and I couldn’t even do a lay-up.
“It would be amazing if I could next make the U16s, and even Team GB one day.
“I have lots to learn before then though.”
The team finished eighth overall after playing some good basketball, but against some tough opposition.
They lost 66-51 to Iceland in the first game after coming back from a 45-23 half-time deficit, before securing a win in their second game, a 65-47 victory over Sweden.
Despite leading reigning champions Csata DSE 12-4 early on in their third game, they ultimately lost 77-50.
In the subsequent play-offs, to determine their finishing position, they beat Scotland 61-40 and Denmark 70-58 to come eighth.
Academy coach Darren Johnson was ‘very pleased’.
l Meanwhile, team-mates Grace Spooner and Jenna Wright made up half of the 3v3 Suffolk Sharks team that represented the county at the National Finals in Manchester last weekend.
The Sharks were pooled against four tough regions which included the East Midlands (Derby), North West (Manchester), London (Newham) and the South (Aylesbury).
All the games were close, with Suffolk winning the first before falling to three successive defeats to go through to the sixth place play-off match.
They unfortunately fell short to finish seventh overall.