Turning Point: The Czechs scored their first basket in overtime, with just 12 seconds to play. Defence was key to the French win.
Game Hero: Katia Clanet. She was imperious under the basket, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: Both teams finished with shooting percentages under 30 per cent. Anxiousness ruled the Classification Game for 5th and 6th place in the Generali Arena.
|Katia Clanet had a big double-double to help France clinch fifth place at the U16 European Championship Women.|
France won after overtime, 56-52, to clinch fifth place at the U16 European Championship Women over the Czech Republic.
The French game plan was clear from the start of the tournament.
With the point guards controling the pace, Les Bleus tried to impose quick transitions, looking for open shots.
The Czechs started to feel uncomfortable with pace of the game and had problems to stop the French frontcourt, especially Katia Clanet.
France made a 7-0 run and finished first quarter leading, 17-9.
The Czechs came back during the second quarter, as they were converted their shooting attempts and committed less turnovers.
French head coach Arnaud Guppillotte rotated his players, giving minutes to all players.
Having a good scoring contribution from the bench players, France led 27-23 at half time.
In the third quarter, the Czech Republic found their way back into the game.
Showing greater confidence, the Czech side imposed their defence and got closer on the scoreboard.
They took the lead on a three-point play by Katerina Pracharova, 37-36, with 3:05 minutes to play in the period.
France reacted immediately, with the lead changing several times and the game being tied at the end of the third quarter, 42-42.
The last quarter transformed into a thriller.
The Czech Republic took 6:15 minutes to score their first points, but France wasn't able to score either.
With both teams missing consecutive shots, the last period was the one with the lowest score.
With 1:54 minutes to play, Klara Krivankova tied the game, 48-48, with a free throw, and the game went to overtime, as no one else scored until the end.
In overtime, the Czechs took again 4:48 minutes to score their first basket, when France was already leading by five points.
Carla Blatrie, with a three-pointer, some seconds earlier, had given the French a lead the Czechs were unable to catch up.
France took the fifth place, after having finished seventh in last year's U16 European Championship Women.