NF1 basketball enjoying the limelight

This is the second weekend that NF1 basketball tops the headlines for women playing basketball in France before the Ligue Féminine de Basketball (LFB) will take centre stage from 27 September with the Open LFB.

Only four NF1 teams will go into the third round undefeated after the second round of games. The teams are Armentières, S. I. Graffenstaden, Strasbourg ABC and Toulouse.

S.I Graffenstaden 2008-2009 © SIG Amateur

The SI Graffenstaden's good start to the season continued as they beat Ifs (73-63) on the road.

Allison Vernerey was quick off the mark for the SIG with the first points of the game. Her next action was on the defensive end with a block before scoring to give the SIG an early lead (4-0).

Darline N'Soki took over the offensive duties with 7 points as the SIG led at the end of the first quarter (17-11).

Ifs came out more aggressively in the second period. With Martha Chrzanowski running the show they went into the interval leading (32-31).

The two sides traded basket for basket for the rest of the game with the lead changing hands several times. The SIG finally took control of the game during the final period with the experience of Céline Schmitt-Sendner making all the difference.

Aminata Konate had the last word with her third three-pointer of the night to lead the scoring with 21 points.

Armentières made it two wins from two games as they held off Colomiers (89-81).

Armentières were made to work hard for their victory as their guests never gave up. The two teams went on the offensive from the start. With less than four minutes on the clock the game was tied (8-8).

The home side then dominated the rest of he first period to lead (25-15) going into the second quarter.

Colomiers had no intention of abdicating and by the interval trailed by 4 points (38-42).

Armentières dug deep into their reserve during the third period to regain control of the match. Despite the efforts of Flore Perotto with her crisp passing (10 assists) for Colomiers Armentières went into the final period leading (64-55).

The last quarter was end to end basketball with the homside holding on to their advantage to win (89-81) with six players finishing in double digits.

Etoile de Voiron Féminine 2008-2009 © Etoile de Voiron Féminine

Stéphanie Pognon and Cyrielle Recoura combined for 50 points for Voiron to beat Pleyber-Christ (87-79) to record their first victory of the season.

Pleyber-Christ had the better start in the match as Céline Boubala-Lix scored the first 5 points of the match to give the guests a perfect start.

Voiron took their time to come into the game to go in front for the first time with (11-10) through Pognon. The two teams played cat and mouse for the rest of the period with the home side taking hold of the advantage (27-21).

Voiron controlled the second period and increased their advantage (51-37) by the interval. They appeared to have everything under control as they stretched their lead early in the third period (60-39).

Pleyber-Christ finally found their mark from beyond the arc with Mélanie Vernier. They were chasing after the score and went into the final period with a deficit of only 6 points (61-67).

The guests continued to chase after the score and came to within 3 points of their hosts (72-75). With the game nicely poised neither side was able to score for two minutes.

Pleyber-Christ's chance of winning the game ended with Alexandra Thos turning the ball over twice which resulted in scores for the hosts (72-79).

Voiron did not allow their guests to trouble them any further as they went on to win comfortably.

However Pognon spoilt her display with an unnecessary intentional foul on the buzzer as Katrin Chiemeka went for a lay-up to be sent flying. Welcome to the world of NF1 basketball. Yet the official did not call the foul while Pognon picked up her opponent.

The rest of the NF1 Basketball games:

Emmanuelle Hermouet © womensbasketball-in-franceDunkerque were not able to spoil the début of Emmanuelle Hermouet (left) of Toulouse as her side won (90-78). Dace Brumermane scored 27 while Bénédicte Fombonne added 17 points for the guests. But it was not enough to trouble their hosts.

Anda Nedovic led the way with 21 points while Nadia Peruch added 15 points. Hermouet put in 14 points as Toulouse are now 2-0 for the season.

Roche-sur-Yon also make it two out of two with a comfortable home victory against Nice (91-75). Marie-Frédérique Ayissi © womensbasketball-in-franceUS Laveyron held off Charleville-Mézières (71-63) in the surprise result of the round so far.

Strasbourg ABC paced themselves to victory against the CFBB (85-60).

Limoges won the last game of the weekend against Rennes (80-75) with Marie-Frédérique Ayissi right scoring 31 points for her new club.

All the results:

Ifs 63-74 SI Graffenstaden
US Laveyron 71-63 Charleville Mézières
Armentières 89-81 Colomiers
Voiron 87–79 Pleyber-Christ
Toulouse 90-78 Dunkerque
La Roche-sur-Yon 91-75 Nice
Strasbourg ABC 85 - 60 CFBB
Limoges 80-75 Rennes

NF1 is back with a bang - round 1 2008-2009

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NF1 Basketball picture credits:

S.I Graffenstaden team picture - SIG Amateur
Voiron Team Picture- Etoile de Voiron Féminine

Date: 20 September 2008

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