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Watford's Helen Freeman impresses for Great Britain at Paralympics
9:20am Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
Watford's Helen Freeman again impressed in Great Britain's latest wheelchair basketball match at the Paralympics.
Great Britain have one more chance if they are to reach their target of a best ever ranking following a 72-55 defeat to China yesterday [Thursday].
They will face Mexico in a final play-off match today with seventh place at stake, having never finished above eighth at a Games before.
Freeman again stood out for Great Britain, converting seven of 12 attempts from inside the three-point line, often in heavy traffic, for 22 points in total.
"We know we are miles better than that. If we play properly we are a lot better. We are just going to fight for seventh now," said the guard who currently plays and studies at the University of Illinois in the USA.
She added: "I think it’s a combination of a number of things but at the end of the day if you don’t put those shots in and the other team do it doesn’t matter how good you are around the court."
"We are going to keep our heads high and be ready for that next game. We played Mexico recently and beat them both times so we’re pretty confident."
Coach Garry Peel's side will take confidence from having outscored the Chinese 24-23 in the final quarter, and from the pace and determination shown throughout, in front of a crowd of 3,600 at the North Greenwich Arena.
But shooting under pressure was a problem, especially in the first half when GB's accuracy of 32 per cent compared starkly to China's 57 per cent, and Peel also felt his side’s defending let them