Great Britain Women defeated Germany for the second time in an intense semi-final.
Helen Freeman stole the show once again, showing her creative prowess with an impressive six assists over the course of the game.
One of those got the team off the mark after a tense opening to the game – Great Britain’s first basket was brilliantly worked, with a quick exchange of passes and a smart finish from Niamh Horan despite aggressive pressure from multiple German defenders.
Midway through the second quarter, Lucy Robinson expertly dispatched a free-throw, and in the very next attack took a pass from Charlotte Moore and added another 2 points, helping to strengthen Great Britain’s position in the game.
Judith Hamer expertly drew a foul from Germany’s Lisa Bergenthal, drawing praise from her own teammates with a few proud fist-bumps. Germany opted to immediately call a timeout before Hamer was able to take her free-throw – but the number 9 didn’t blink, netting two from two to extend Great Britain’s lead further.
With the score 25-17 at the break, the contest was far from over – but a really strong and high scoring third quarter which saw Great Britain rack up 23 points to Germany’s 15 made proceedings slightly more comfortable.
But the game certainly didn’t mirror the two teams’ previous encounter as we approached the final ten minutes, as Germany rallied late, cutting the deficit from 17 to just 9 before Great Britain opted to call a time out and steady themselves. The group showed brilliant character to return to court and increase their intensity in a high-pressure game, introducing three substitutions and seeing the game out.
Scenes at fulltime were full of emotion, the team pulling together for a hugely important victory. A final score of 59 – 51 meant a hugely encouraging victory for Great Britain in testing circumstances.