Basketball: Scotland coach tips Lauren Forde for big future

Lauren Forde accepts the magnificent trophy
Lauren Forde accepts the magnificent trophy
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Scotland under-16 basketball coach Luis Romero believes Lauren Forde has a huge future in the game after the West Lothian Wolves ace returned from the team’s European Group C triumph in Malta with the most valuable player award.

After Scotland triumphed with wins over Andorra, Gibraltar and Wales before beating the hosts in the final, Lauren was named in the tournament all-star team along with colleague Hannah Robb from Tayside.

Romero, who joined Basketball Scotland three years ago after coaching professionally in Spain, said: “Our promotion was a little bit unexpected and what made it special was beating the hosts in an amazing atmosphere.

“Our girls had to contend with the heat and a partisan crowd who made a lot of noise on horns and drums. Lauren will go on to be a great player. She was impressive for the team last year and has now gone on to show she can excel in any position on the court.

“Our preparations for the tournament were good with the team coming through a successful Future Stars programme.”

Our photograph shows Lauren stepping forward to receive the trophy on behalf of the Scotland girls.

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