Spain returned to supremacy at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women, finishing their undefeated run in Katowice with a 71-59 victory over surprise outfit Italy in the gold medal match.
The Spaniards collected their fifth U16 title and fourth in five years by coming back from a 22-point second quarter deficit with Queralt Casas leading the way with 25 points, nine rebounds, two assists and six steals.
Italy will play for their first-ever gold medal at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women after upsetting title-holders France 64-55 in the first semi-final in Katowice.
Debora Carangelo made seven free throws in the final 1:30 and led her team with 20 points and four steals as Italy enter their fifth U16 final - and first since 1995. Gaia Gorini added 19 points for the winners.
Mariona Ortiz made two foul shots with six seconds left in over-time to give Spain a 61-57 victory over Italy to grab first place in the Qualifying Round Group F of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women.
Amaia Segues poured in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Spain improved to 5-0 in the group. Oritz added 13 points while Marina Delgado had 12 and Yurena Diaz tallied 11.
Italian basketball received a boost last summer when their U16 side guaranteed promotion to the Division A of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women.
This year's Italian U16 side is entirely new, but by securing a spot in the Katowice semi-finals the leaders of this team hope to give a different kind of boost - hope.
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