|France head coach Gregory Halin had reason to be satisfied as his team stepped up in the second half to claim an important win in their opener |
Having won a historic promotion last summer, Portugal gained their first taste of U20 European Championship Women elitve level but their debut was an unhappy one as they fell 55-33 to a powerful looking France side.
Perhaps the final score-line was a little harsh on the Portuguese team who certainly competed admirably during the first half and especially during the opening quarter.
In fact, they led 13-12 heading into the second period but once France stepped up their defensive pressure, Portugal found scoring a real problem. They didn't manage a basket in the last five minutes up until the half time break and consequently trailed 24-19 heading to the locker rooms.
To their credit, they were at least managing to successfully apply the brakes to the French offence and this kept them within touching distance of their opponent.
But, a 12-0 run for France either side of the third and fourth quarter break finally ended any glimmer of hope they had of perhaps pulling off a shock victory.
Sara Chevaugeon finished the game with a flourish for the winning team, drilling back to back triples which meant she finished with a team-high 12 points.
Meanwhile Portugal's offensive struggles were highlighted by no player managing to break double-digits.