Les Bleues Land Quarter-Final Place

22.08.2012

U20 WOMEN

11. Adja Konteh (France)
Adja Konteh led a balanced French attack with 13 points

The roller-coaster ride of France at the U20 European Championship Women continued right up until the end of the Second Round in Debrecen as they clung on to a 68-63 win against the Slovak Republic to make the last eight of the competition.

However, it was far from straightforward in yet another thrilling game inside Olah Gabor Sports Hall.

France needed to win by at least four points to be absolutely sure, so the nerves were jangling in a big way when they allowed the Slovak Republic back into the contest during the closing minutes.

The players, coaching staff and fans had to hold a collective breath as Marta Palenikova launched a last-ditch triple which could have led to subsequent elimination had it dropped.

But, it didn't and the French can thank another fine contribution from Adja Konteh who harvested an efficient 13 points although it was the work of the entire team on the glass which made a huge difference.

They pounded their opponent on the boards with Marie Mbuyamba and Alice Nayo coming up with 16 rebounds between them.

France was on top during a frenetic and enjoyable opening quarter but a superb run by the Slovak Republic culminating in a baseline jump-shot by Zofia Hruscakova handed the Slovaks a 45-40 lead at the half.

It jolted France into action and they came out with a devastating 20-6 third period before taking their foot off the accelerator a little too early which led to the arguably unnecessary late drama.

The result means the Slovak Republic can no longer qualify for the Quarter-Finals.

 

 


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