Diandra Tchatchouang scored a game-high 17 points to lead France to a 70-49 victory over Slovakia on Thursday, on the crucial day of the qualifying round at the UMCOR European Championship for Women.
Team-mates Sarah Michel and Lorraine Lokoka added 10 points apiece.
A defiant France broke Spain's unbeaten run to keep alive their dreams of glory at the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women.
With 5.8 seconds remaining, Spain's Laura Herrera had a chance to put her team into the lead but missed two free throws.
France coach Francois Gomez was full of optimism when he arrived in Novi Sad for the UMCOR U18 European Championship for Women.
The veteran coach had reason to be upbeat as well, having twice beaten Russia in the preparation games ahead of the tournament.
The Czech Republic survived a late comeback by France to win 77-73 in the opening Group E game of the qualifying round at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Having taken a 73-64 lead going into the last minute, the Czechs allowed their opponents to go on a 9-1 run to trail by just one with 15 seconds remaining.
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