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Watford star Freeman leads Great Britain to European silver
1:50pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
Watford's Helen Freeman captained Great Britain’s women to silver at the inaugural Women’s Under-25 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.
Freeman led her nation in points every game as the hosts battled against Germany and the Netherlands at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Impressing from start to finish, Freeman was honoured with a highly coveted place in the All Star Team.
On the opening day, Great Britain kicked off the Championships in a thrilling encounter against eventual champions, the Netherlands.
A stunning comeback by Great Britain wasn’t quite enough to prevent the Dutch from edging out a 62-58 win, but Freeman scored 26 of GB’s points.
Great Britain returned to court once again in the evening to take on Germany, putting the morning’s loss behind them to record a 59-44 victory. Freeman and Judith Hamer both ended the game on 19 points apiece for the host nation.
The following day Great Britain were beaten 70-47 by the Netherlands, who subsequently claimed the Championship title – Freeman nevertheless impressing with a further 21 points.
With the silver medal riding on the outcome of the final game of the Championships between Great Britain and Germany, the hosts sealed silver with a 63-48 victory; Freeman once again firing home basket after basket to finish the game on 24 points.
Freeman said: “It feels great to win silver, especially without one of our key players. To know we are up there with some of the top teams in the world is a great feeling. It was a nice ending to a busy weekend's work.
“We all now have a lot of hard work to do to transfer this potential to the senior level. And we saw where our weaknesses are and what we must do to ensure we get gold next time.”
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