The final weekend of NF1 basketball before Christmas break was played in the cold. Unlike the professionals from the LFB, the amateurs basketball teams from NF1 managed to travel all round the country to play their games.
The only game that did not take place was between Pleyber-Christ and Tours. It is not clear what the official reason was for Tours not being able to make the trip to Pleyber-Christ.
NF1 basketball news: Charleville-Mézières lead the championship at the halfway point
In the weekend’s top game Charleville-Mézières beat Illkirch-Graffendstaden (72-55). Charleville, playing at home, got off to a perfect start to lead (13-0) with four minutes on the game clock.
The hosts led (21-9) by the end of the first quarter. But they were unable to stretch their advantage during the second quarter going into the interval (32-20).
The SIG did not give in but were unable to stop Djéné Diawara (18 points and 11 rebounds). Charleville’s victory puts them top of NF1.
Union Hainaut Basket-Saint Amand fell at home (64-67) against Lyon BF. At the same time they lost their lead of the championship.
Mélanie Arnaud (right in picture scored 18 points) who played at Challes-les-Eaux last season said hi to former coach by scoring the first 2 points of the game for Lyon.
Lyon were not intimated by their hosts and led (20-17) by the end of the first quarter.
Dasa Krasnockova (25 points) levelled the score with at trey at the start of the second quarter.
The two teams battled it out during the rest of the quarter with the hosts going into the locker room in front (40-39) thanks to the shooting of Krasnockova (7-of-14) from beyond the arc.
Lyon always seemed to have an answer for UHB-SA and went into the final quarter leading (51-47) and held off the hosts for the victory with Julie Legoupil leading the scoring with 19 points.
Charnay-lès-Mâcon have a habit of causing problems for the higher placed teams.
Finally they were rewarded for their efforts with a home victory against high flyers Dunkerque Malo (65-58).
Dunkerque’s players were frustrated throughout the game. During the third quarter their coach Sébastien Devos received two technical fouls and was hence ejected from his coaching position with 11 minutes to play.
Dunkerque managed to pick themselves up. With eight minutes left to play they regained the advantage through Katalin Kurtosi .
However Charnay did not give in and kept their cool as the contest heated up. Dunkerque were unable to make their experience count.
In the closing seconds Mariame Dia and Bénédicte Fombonne left the game with 5 fouls after committing intentional fouls.
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Voiron have been waiting for Nadia Morgan all season for a game winning performance.
She finally delivered in their overtime victory (93-91) against Reims. She was on the court for more than 44 minutes and scored 29 points, picked up 10 rebounds, had 3 assists and 2 steals.
Yet she was not the hero of the game. Sarah Simon was called into action with 28 seconds left to play in overtime (91-91). 27 seconds later she was on the free-throw line after being stopped on a fast break by Marlyse Nogueira.
It was called as an intentional foul, which meant that Voiron would be given the ball back after the free-throws. Simon remained cool and hit the two free-throws to secure victory.
Zuzana Gujaraïdze (Klimosova) fired in 28 points for Reims which included 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Nice BC 06 have finally got their game together and are becoming a force in NF1 basketball. They beat US Laveyron (81-64) and had four players in double digits. They took the lead for good in the fifth minute of the game and never looked back.
Roche Vendée won the derby match against CSP Rezé (71-52). They dominated the first quarter (23-9) and were comfortable for the rest of the game despite numerous efforts by their guests in bringing the score down.
The CFBB were no match for Rennes and fell (54-79). But what was more interesting was the performance of Adja Konteh with 24 points for the CFBB. She also provoked 9 fouls but did not pick up a single rebound.
Her team-mates from France U19, Maud Medenou and Kadidia Minte playing for Rennes were the leading scorers for their team with 17 and 21 points each.
All the results from round 14 of games in 2009-2010 for the Nationale Féminine 1 are listed below:
Roche Vendée 71-52 CSP Rezé Etoile de Voiron 93-91 Reims UHB-SA 64-67 Lyon BF Charleville Mézières 72-55 Illkirch-Graffenstaden Charnay-Mâcon 65-58 Dunkerque Malo Nice BC 06 81 - 64 US Laveyron CFBB (INSEP) 54-79 Rennes