France shrugged off the absence of several key players to beat Belgium in their women’s basketball international with something to spare.
Coach Alain Jardel will be pleased with his charges who were able to prosper against a Belgian team missing star player Ann Wauters, who has yet to join up with the team.
Wauters is playing professionally in Korea this summer but will be a part of the Belgian side which plays at the European Championships in Greece next month.
France were without the injured Elodie Bertal and Jardel, wanting to get a closer look at youngsters Elodie Godin and Sabrina Reghaissia, chose not to play Celine Dumerc, Sandra Dijon and Emile Gomis.
No one epitomised the French spirit better than their young skipper Cathy Melain, the dynamo who poured in 20 points.
Melain was given loyal support by Nicole Antibe (17) and Audrey Sauret (15).
Belgium will be in their first European Championships in 18 years next month, and it will be
a tall order as they have a very young side.
The biggest concern will be tightening up on the defensive end, something which will be much easier once talisman Wauters is back in the fold.
France, the current European champions, led 47-34 at half-time and didn’t ease up after the break in front of the 1,000 fans in attendance.