During the second and third quarter Amel Bouderra was battling against Florence Lepron and Isis Arrondo, while her team-mate Djéné Diawara fought in the paint.
Although Diawara had to drop her intensity after picking up a her 4th foul during the third quarter, Charleville went into the fourth quarter (53-45).
The hosts continued to play aggressively. Yet with three minutes to play they rushed a few plays and turned the ball over allowing Tarbes to come right back into the game.
Then Ana Cata-Chitiga sent the game into overtime (60-60) from the free-throw line.
Cata Chitiga, Brooke Smith and Jelena Dubljevic stepped up during overtime as Tarbes went on the rampage to finally win the game (73-65).
A little incident with six seconds left in overtime almost spoilt the game when Lepron took offense to a foul by Bouderra, who just wanted to stop the game clock.
In the rest of the LFB action on Sunday, Mondeville were also taken to overtime. They escaped (65-64) with 22 points coming from Lenae Williams. However the story of the match is the 26 rebounds by Aurélie Bonnan (right) from Mondeville. She was three short of Calais' total.
Villeneuve d'Ascq beat Basket Landes (49-47) with 15 points coming from Carla Thomas.
Basket Landes lost their point guard Katarina Manic after 90 seconds. Then they struggled with their shooting for the first 30 minutes to go into the final quarter trailing by 16 points.
Villeneuve fell apart during the last 10 minutes as their guests came storming back. But a trey by Ingrid Tanqueray and a couple of points by Thomas enabled them to hang on to win.
Lattes-Montpellier stay in third place of the LFB after beating Nantes-Rezé (76-70) in an entertaining match. Nantes-Rezé had the better of the first half (40-37) but lost their grip on the game during the third quarter.
Montpellier's strength in the paint and a perfect shooting day by Iva Perovanovic 6-of-6 from the field and 5-of-5 made all the difference in the end.
Despite leading for most of the game Challes-les-Eaux made hard works of things as usual.
Mistie Williams-Bass and Magali Lacroix combined for 29 points as Challes-les-Eaux held off Arras (63-58).