The Czech Republic held off a resurgent French side in the second half to edge them out 70-61 and take third place at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Afterwards, Czech head coach Romana Ptackova expressed her delight at the team's performance and their ability to focus on the game after a tough loss to Russia in the semi-finals.
France will look to bounce back from their most lopsided defeat of the tournament to finish third in the U18 European Championship for Women on Sunday.
In what was arguably their worst - and only their second - defeat of the tournament, the French fell behind early on and appeared to be a shadow of their former dominant/confident selves as they were humbled 68-45 by Lithuania, the last undefeated team in the competition.
Russia will return to the final of the U18 European Championship for Women for the first time since 2004 after edging out the Czech Republic 62-60.
Tatiana Petrushina coolly sank two free-throws with 12 seconds left to play to break a 60-all tie and propel Olga Shuneykina's side to Sunday's decider.
For the second day in a row, Lithuania used a fourth quarter run to bail them out of trouble as they beat the Czech Republic 68-61 and remained unbeaten at the U18 European Championship for Women.
With the win, the Lithuanians took top honours in Group E and will face France - who suffered their first defeat of the competition against Russia 65-57 - in Saturday's first semi-final.
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