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.
Spain fended off a valiant effort by Sweden to reach their fifth straight final of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women with a 38-33 victory in a defensive battle in Katowice.
The four-time champions came back from 10-point third quarter deficit and scored the game's final five points to end Sweden's fairytale dreams of reaching the final.
The old adage goes: "Defense wins championships". Well, if that is the case, then Spain have excellent chances of collecting their fifth gold medal at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women - and fourth in the past five years.
Jose Ignacio Hernandez's Spain have steam-rolled into the semi-finals in Katowice with their defense leading them to an undefeated record heading into the Saturday match-up against Sweden.
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.
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