Overtime victory for Arras is the basketball news headine in the north
Arras should be happy with the victory (67-65) despite the fact that it was not a great game to watch.
However the suspense at the end and double overtime made up for the first 38 minutes.
Magali Lacroix opened the scoring in this match after picking up an offensive rebound from a three-point attempt for Challes.
Arras did not waste much time in getting on the score sheet and went on to score 8 unanswered points with 5 coming from Johanne Gomis.
The two teams traded baskets regularly for the rest of the period with the hosts Arras leading (19-12) at the end of the first period.
They continued to trade baskets all through the second period with Arras going ahead into the locker room (36-31).
Challes played much better defensively during the third period and finally came back to level the score (38-38) with 2 points from Martina Luptakova-Gyurcsi with just under six minutes to play in the third period.
Both sides traded baskets for the rest of the quarter with the hosts leading (46-45) going into the fourth quarter.
Hanna Bouldwin-Biernacka and Kirby Copeland did most of the scoring for their teams as they remained on equal teams(52-52) with just under six minutes to play.
Copeland was just about everywhere for Challes while Marielle Amant joined the Arras offensive.
Challes thought they had won the game when Marie Ruzickova scored with just under 13 seconds to play in regulation time.
However Leilani Mitchell had other ideas and delivered a nicely weighted pass to Bouldwin-Biernacka who hit the three to tie the game. Challes had no time to launch an attack.
Overtime was hectic but neither team had control and the game was decided on the buzzer.
Mitchell intercepted a wayward pass by Copeland. She then fired off a shot that did not drop but Johanne Gomis (right) was on hand for the inbound to score.
Gomis led the scoring with 19 points and was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Bouldwin fired in 17 points while Olesya Malashenko had solid 16 points. Mitchell played for 44 minutes and dished out 5 assists.
For Challes Lacroix finished with 20 points while Copeland scored 17 points and Ruzickova had 12.
Charde Houston (left) fired in 26 points as Tarbes won on the road against Nantes-Rezé. Tarbes took a couple of minutes to get going and led (12-5) with five minuets played and (23-10) by the end of the first period.
Tarbes stretched their advantage (34-17) with just 15 minutes played and then went to sleep. Nantes took full advantage to go on a 13-2 run.
Frida Eldebrink fired in a trey for Tarbes to take them into the locker room leading (41-37).
After the break Tarbes quickly got into their stride and kept the hosts at bay with Houston, Anne Breitreiner and Isis Arrondo doing all the scoring.
Lindsay Taylor’s height caused Tarbes problems as she continued to draw fouls. But she was not a factor on the offensive end.
Tarbes controlled the pace of the game. With Houston on fire Tarbes notched up victory number 2.