Lithuania held off Russia 63-57 to claim their first ever U18 European Championship for Women.
Aurime Rinkeviciute saved her best for last as she finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists but most importantly made the right plays at the right time down the stretch to lead her team to victory for the eighth and final time.
Lithuania reached their first ever U18 European Championship for Women final by beating France 68-45 in their semi-final to set up a showdown with Russia on Sunday.
The Lithuanians extended their unbeaten run in the tournament (7-0) and are now just one win away from claiming their maiden title at this level since the country became the first Soviet state to declare its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.
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.
Russia beat France 65-57 to take top honours in Group F of the Qualifying Round at the U18 European Championship for Women.
The result means that Russia face the Czech Republic in one semi-final on Saturday while France - who were handed their first loss in this competition - take on unbeaten Lithuania in the other.
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