Hamilton cage trio looking for Dutch treat

Three Hamilton players have been named to Canada’s team in the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, which will be played in Amsterdam, Netherlands from Aug. 17 to Aug. 26.

Christina Buttenham, Saicha Grant-Allen, and Kia Nurse are part of the roster of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1995. Buttenham is a 5-11 guard; Grant-Allen is a 6-4 forward; and Nurse is a 5-10 guard.

The Canadian Cadette Women’s National Team will be looking to improve on its 11th place showing in the 2010 U17 World Championship in France.

The team qualified for the FIBA U17 World Championship by placing third in last year’s FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Women. The youth women’s program is currently ranked fourth in the world in the FIBA rankings.

“We are very excited about our group of twelve. Over the past year, several individuals have shown tremendous improvement, and made our decisions very difficult,” said head coach Carly Clarke. “Overall we have a great deal of size, length, athleticism and versatility, which should allow us to play in a variety of ways and with a variety of line ups.”

The team will have a great deal of experience with seven players returning from last year’s Canadian Cadette Women’s National Team that won a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Returning players include; Audrey Anne and Khaleann Caron-Goudreau, Grant-Allen, Hannah Jardine, Nurse, Kolbie Orum and Emma Wolfram.

In this year’s FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, Canada has been placed in Group A which includes: Belgium, Italy, Korea, Mali and USA. Canada will open against Italy on Aug. 17 and then play the United States the next day.