Brazil made it a clean sweep in the group stages with another resounding win, this time against Peru. Brazil cruised into an early ten point lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to turn the screw in the second quarter with a solid defensive effort keeping Peru to just three points, whilst some efficient shooting saw them benefit to take a 37 – 9 lead.
Peru continued to struggle against the Brazilian defence in the third quarter, but managed to keep their free-scoring opponents to just nine points in an improved defensive display by themselves. The final period followed in a similar way to the first half, as Brazil extended their lead to take the win, 60 – 15.
Peru’s points were spread over three players, captain Karina Torres 7 points, Edith Velásquez and Pilar Jáuregui with 4 each.
Brazil’s main scorer through the competition continued to be on fine form with captain Vileide Almedia 18 points and Debora Costa 16 points.
Argentina came out with renewed confidence after their win against Peru yesterday and stormed to a 25 – 2 lead in the first quarter against Chile.
A shell-shocked Chile regrouped in the second quarter and tightened their defence to keep Argentina to just eight points, but it was Argentina maintaining a comfortable lead going in to half time, 33 – 6.
After the break Chile fought hard to keep in touch, with Noemi Alvarez scoring all six of her team’s points to Argentina’s eleven points.
The final quarter was a lot closer with both sides struggling to find the net. Argentina edged the quarter by one point, 3 – 2, as their coach Caradelli ensured all his players got court time, comfortably winning the game 47 – 17.
Chile’s Noemi Alvarez top scored for her team with 8 points, whilst Argentina’s top scorers were Maria Pallares 12 points and Maria Cabrera 7 points.
The semi-final games are now decided and will be Argentina against Peru, whilst Brazil will play Chile on Friday 28TH April.
Final scores and standings after the group below.