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Watford-born Helen Freeman in great form as Paralympics GB beat Mexico to finish seventh in London
10:24am Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
Helen Freeman produced another superb showing as Great Britain’s wheelchair basketball team beat Mexico 59-37 to improve on their eighth-place finish in Beijing and come seventh at the Paralympics - their best position at a Games since 1996.
The Watford-born star scored 16 points to take her tournament tally to 97, the highest in her team, and was top of the assist and rebound statistics with nine apiece as her team powered away in the second half of the match to finish their London 2012 campaign on a high.
The 22-year old former Rickmansworth School pupil played three-quarters of the match, which saw Britain trailing 11-6 at the end of the first quarter.
But the host nation began to hit their stride in the second ten-minute period, taking that 12-8 to trail by just one point at 19-18 at the break.
However, the match turned on the third quarter which Britain dominated, winning 22-7 to open up a 40-26 lead.
There was to be no let up in the last ten minutes either, as Paralympics GB took that 19-11 to make sure of their seventh-place finish.
"It's not the position we'd have hoped to finish in," Freeman admitted afterwards, "but we did the job today and it's nice to have a win, the crowd deserves it."
Freeman’s fellow Watford-born and former Rickmansworth School student Sarah Grady also played her part in the victory scoring three points during 14 minutes of time on court.
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