U16 youth basketball 12 players to play for France
International youth basketball players in France follow the same training programme as the senior players. The U16 players selected for the second phase of the preparation reported to camp on 27 May 2012.
The final 12 players selected for the FIBA U16 European Championship for Women Division A have had only two weekend breaks leading up to this competition which is taking place from 12 July until 23 July 2012.
Arnaud Guppillotte, the head coach for the U16 this season, had invited 26 players this year.
In April 14 players were used for the
"2012 Tournoi International Cadettes au Poinçonnet" which France won.
At the end of the first training camp in June France played Lithuania twice in Temple-sur-Lot.
France were on top in both matches (64-52) and (60-46). At the end of the three-week camp the first players were released from the squad.
Next stop for France was the
"Tournoi à Fougères": France had no problems against Israel (60-20) but struggled to get past the Netherlands who played without their captain Laura Cornelius (60-55).
France were then beaten by a very organised Russian team (49-60) in the final match. The Russians had also beaten Israel and the Netherlands to win the tournament.
Three Russian players should be mentioned for the future from this competition: Ksenia Levchenko, Ksenia Kuzmina and Daria Kolosovskaya.
By the time the French team travelled to Spain for the
"Torneo de Castelledefels" (29 June - 1 July) the French roster for the European Championship was more or less fixed.
France played Belgium and Turkey before taking on Spain in the final match.
Spain failed to recover from a 7-20 second-quarter thumping which left them trailing (19-32) at the break. France hung on to win (60-56).
France completed their preparation at the Laure Ecard memorial at a U16 international youth basketball tournament in Nice.
France beat Belgium (56-45) and Russia (53-39) but lost in the final match to Spain (51-68).
France finished in
7th place during the 2011 U16 European Championship for women, their worst finish since 2004.
The expectation is that this year without the pressure of qualifying for the U17 World Championship the team should do better.
Guppillotte will be assisted by Julien Egloff and Arnaud Brogniet and the 12 players selected are as follows:
First name Surname Height Birth year Position Club Maimouna BA 1.90 1996 Pivot CFBB Ornella BANKOLE 1.78 1997 Guard Chalon-sur-Saône Lisa BERKANI 1.73 1997 Small Forward US Beaumont Carla BLATRIE 1.74 1996 Guard CFBB Camille CIRGUE 1.84 1996 Power Forward CFBB Katia CLANET 1.88 1996 Power Forward CFBB Mathilde COMBES 1.82 1996 Small Forward Bourges Louise DAMBACH 1.75 1996 Shooting Guard Illkirch Graffenstaden Alix DUCHET 1.63 1997 Guard Le Coteau Marylie LIMOUSIN 1.60 1996 Arrière CFBB Marie-Michelle MILAPIE 1.92 1996 Pivot CFBB Angelina TURMEL 1.96 1996 Pivot Angers
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Date created: 10 July 2012