Fourth Win Keeps France On Front Foot

19 August 2013
5. Marine Johannès (France)
Marine Johannès had her target locked in again for France, sinking three triples on the way to 17 points

France are yet to miss a beat since arriving on Croatian soil after they punched their ticket for the quarter-finals of the U18 European Championship Women in Vinkovci with a comfortable 70-56 success against Greece in Group F.

Les Bleus made an early statement by ripping through the Greek defence to tear into a 23-10 lead early in the second quarter, although to their credit, Greece did compete much better ahead of half-time.

With the scoring threat of Anna Stamolamprou, who dropped 18 points in the game, Greece had a scoring threat to rely upon, but as they briefly worked their way back into the game, they could not find the important cameos needed to drag themselves back into it.

Down 33-22 at the start of the second half, they tried valiantly to keep pace, but France had too much in their locker and began to ease away, at one stage stretching their lead to 24 points, prior to a late rally by the Greeks.

Marine Johannes continued her hot streak from behind the three-point line with another three triples in a 17-point haul.


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