Lithuania started their Global Vision U18 European Championship Women campaign with a victory against Poland, 61-58, behind a double-double by Ieva Preskienyte, 12 points and 19 rebounds.
Lithuania had a 10-point lead midway to the fourth quarter, but had to fight hard in the end to prevail. Poland came as close as two points, 58-60, with 13 seconds to go, after Joanna Sendlewska made two of her three free throws.
Gintare Jasiunskaite was fouled on the next possession and she split the free throws, giving the chance to the opponents to send the game in overtime. But Monika Skrecz missed the potential game-tying three-pointer and the Lithuanians escaped with the win.
Ieva Kazlauskaite, with 13 points and six rebounds and Jasiunskaite, with 11 points and four rebounds were giving big support to Preskienyte, who was clearly the star of the game.
Kinga Wozniak led Poland with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Magdalena Koperwas had 13 points and 6 rebounds.
The fans had to wait almost three minutes into the game to see the first points on the scoreboard, until Karina Szybala sank a jump-shot.
But then it was a spectacular game. Neither of the teams could pull a solid run, and the biggest lead was not over 7 points in the first half.
Lithuania led 27-20 at the middle of the second quarter, but couldn't extend that advantage.
After 30-26 at halftime, Poland fought hard, but only leveled the score 40-40, with 2:39 remaining until the end of the third quarter. Lithuania then took the lead for good.