Pune: Maharashtra women entered the semi-final of the 32nd Federation Cup basketball tournament at the District Sports Authority in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.
Although the state women lost the final league match against Eastern Railway 48-62, they advanced into the tournament with the help of two victories in the first two matches.
Maharashtra ended the league matches on second position while Eastern Railway topped Pool A with victories in all three matches.
In Pool B, Tamil Nadu and Kerala qualified for the semi-final.
Against Eastern Railway, Maharashtra women played the trailing game right from the start. In the first quarter, Eastern Railway started with a bang scoring 25 points whereas Maharashtra could only manage 14 points.
Maharashtra tried to up the ante in second quarter adding 15 points while Eastern Railway could manage 14 points with score line reading 39-29 in the favour of Eastern Railway.
After changing ends, Maharashtra came out with an attacking display scoring 10 points in the third quarter while the opponents added 6 points.
Trailing by six points in the final quarter, Maharashtra was expected to come out with a good show but Eastern Railway had other plans as they collected 17 points while Maharashtra could only manage 9 as they lost the contest 62-48.
Results: (Day 4):
Men: MEG Bangalore 66 (Prem Prakash 13) bt Hisar Club(Vikash 10).
ONGC 53 (Muin Bek 21, Arjun 10) bt BSF Jodhpur 32 (Gurwinder 14).
IOB Chennai 86 (Sivabalan 26, Rikin 21, Hareesh 20) bt Punjab Police 74 (Satnam 21, Dilpreet 16, Rajveer 11)
Women: Chhattisgarh 60 (Gulabsha 23, Neha 13) bt Andhra Pradesh 39 (Padmavathi 16).
Eastern Railway 62 (Sitamani 15, Nivya 12) bt Maharashtra 48 (Mugdha 19, Sruthi 15).
Kerala 52 (Jeena 13, Rojamol 10) bt Karnataka 36 (Priyanka 9).