Basketball: France crush Great Britain

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The French steamroller powered on in the European Women’s Basketball Championships in Trelaze last night as the hosts pounded a much smaller Great Britain side 79-47 in the final game of the first group.

With top seeds Russia crashing out in another group, the massive French side now look even firmer favourites than ever.

This was a really a bit of a phoney war, though, as the GB team knew what to expect and were already looking ahead to their first second-round game against the Czech Republic in Muillerons-Le Captif in the Vendee which takes place tomorrow with Belarus and Croatia also to come in the new group on Friday and Sunday.

“We don’t ever like to lose and I’m proud of the way we played but I’d be very surprised if this French team do not go on to win the tournament,” said the GB coach Damian Jennings, who gave seven minutes to 
Edinburgh’s Rose Anderson.

Top scorer with 13 points, including four three-pointers, for GB was Jo Leedham, like 
Anderson now playing in France though at the much higher level of Bourges. Lauren Thomas-Johnson was next best with nine.