It is now official that there is no relegation battle in LF2 basketball this season, so all that is left is the fight to qualify for the Final 4 in May.
On current form Cavigal Nice are likely to be the hosts of the Final 4: they brushed aside Reims BF (87-57).
The contest was over by the end of the first quarter with the hosts leading (22-6). Reims offered a brief fightback early in the second quarter by reducing their deficit to 11 points (16-27). This was as close as they came to troubling their hosts.
Jeanne Senghor-Sy was unstoppable inside and finished with 26 points while Alexandra Tchangoue added 18 points. Fabienne Constant contributed another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Elodie Decker completed the double-digit scoring with 10 points and 5 assists.
Célia Mauler made her début for Illkirch-Graffenstaden when she was 15 and everything was going well for her basketball wise. On the radar screen she was invited to the French U16 camp with the 1993 generation.
She continued to be a member of the first team at Illkirch-Graffenstaden but two seasons of injuries slowed her down while missing out of the U18 call-up for France.
This LF2 season her role has changed in the team. She has been playing with more confidence and finally she has shown her skills that everybody at the club knew she could apply.
Mauler scored 34 points from 10-of-12 shooting. She was 7-of-8 from behind the arc and she also dished out 6 assists as Illkirch-Graffenstaden held off Angers on the road (90-81).
While Mauler won the player-of-the-match award it was the veteran Céline Schmitt (27 points - in picture) with a three-ball that put the SIG in front for good (81-79) with just under two minutes to play.
Angers, playing at home, had led for most of the match. With all nine players getting on the score sheet they were more balanced that their opponents. For Angers Julie Barennes was their leading scorer with 21 points while Camille Aubert dished out 10 assists.
What else happened during round 14 in LF2
Dunkerque Malo won on the road against Pau Lacq Orthez (74-69) and averaged their opening day defeat. Dace Pierre-Joseph and Mélissa Micaletto paced the team offensively with 20 and 22 points each.
Dunkerque Malo had to make the trip without Sabrina Scott who had hurt her back in training. In the case of Pau, Janeka Lopp is out of the team, her contract was cancelled in December.
Léon Trégor are still without their captain Aude Kernévez. They had a tough time seeing off Limoges (71-59) at home. Marie Butard led the hosts with 18 points.
Limoges were without Aïda Fall who had been officially released from her contract this week.
In the opening game of the weekend US Layeyron did just enough to beat the CFBB (56-49) in Paris.
At the moment the top 4 teams are as follows: 1. Cavigal Nice 2, COB Calais, 3 Léon Trégor, 4 Angers UFB-49.
Pau Lacq Orthez are in fifth place, one game behind Angers in 4th place.
LF2 results from round 14
Angers 81-90 Illkirch-Graffenstaden
Cavigal Nice 87-57 Reims BF
Pau Lacq Orthez 69-74 Dunkerque Malo
Léon Trégor 71-59 Limoges
CFBB 49-56 US Laveyron
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LF2 basketball season articles
28 April 2013: LF2 regular season ends with Pau-Lacq-Orthez qualifying for Final 4
21 April 2013: Illkirch-Graffenstaden gained LF2 sweep over Limoges
15 April 2013: Léon Trégor out, Angers in the F4
07 April 2013: Cavigal Nice have one hand on the trophy
23 March 2013: First victory of the season for the CFBB
17 March 2013: Will Nice be dethroned by COB Calais in their title chase?
10 March 2013: Calais walloped Dunkerque while Pau is chasing top 4 finish
09 March 2013: Maud Lesoudard, February player of the month
03 March 2013: Better days at Limoges
24 February 2013: Who can stop Cavigal Nice ? - not the CFBB
11 February 2013: Dunkerque Malo pull off a win
4 February 2013: Pau Lacq Orthez and Roche Vendée finally back to winning ways
21 January 2013: Dream teams of the LF2: Cavigal Nice and COB Calais
13 January 2013: Impressive performance by Célia Mauler for Illkirch-Graffenstaden
06 January 2013: Meilleure joueuse en Décembre / best player of the month
26 December 2012: US Laveyron can celebrate New Year with reassurance
22 December 2012: US Laveyron are still in the competition
16 December 2012: Illkirch-Graffenstaden produce while Dunkerque stay at the bottom
09 December 2012: Cavigal Nice and Calais won on the road
05 December 2012: Le visage de la meilleure joueuse en Novembre / best player of the month
02 December 2012: Exciting games with some surprising outcomes
26 November 2012: The pressure is on for Limoges
19 November 2012: Nothing can stop Reims in their LF2 final four aspiration
11 November 2012: Round 7: Limoges' new kit did not help, Dunkerque need inspiration
10 November 2012: Shenita Landry is LF2 October player of the month
05 November 2012: Cavigal Nice win again while there is plenty of drama elsewhere
28 October 2012: Round 5: Experience and youth make it an exciting weekend
21 October 2012: Cavigal Nice are just warming up
14 October 2012: UFAB49 rocked while Cavigal Nice rolled
07 October 2012: Oumou Kalsoum Touré is again on top of the game
30 September 2012: LF2 basketball gets off to an explosive start
31 August 2012: Playing basketball: la joyeuse Margaux Galliou-Loko
30 August 2012: Playing basketball with a positive attitude: Margaux Galliou-Loko
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