The fourth day of competition during the U16 FIBA Europe European Championship is the moment when the competition takes off as the players have become familiar with the environment and the demands of the competition.
From Group E, Sweden and Russia maintained their unbeaten records and have qualified already for the quarter-final. Belgium also added another win to their record and have one foot in the quarter-final.
In Group F, the hosts Italy had a good day beating France while Spain and Turkey booked their places in the quarter-final.
In the first round of games in the relegation group Serbia beat Poland (69-54) and Croatia won against Finland (76-54).
You may read the stories of interest by selecting the link below on the news from day four of the 2011 FIBA Europe U16 European Championship for Women Division A.
Italy out-hustled France at the key moments during the first 20 minutes that enabled them to build up a 10-point lead going into the locker room (37-26).
Cecilia Zandalasin (left) was inspirational for Italy with 17 first-half points.
The absence of Clémentine Morateur hurt France as they were not able to inject enough pace into the game but more importantly her defensive skill was missed.
France were able to stay in touch during the first quarter because of their three-point shooting and never-say-die attitude of Assistan Koné.
Yet things started to go wrong for France in the second quarter when the Italians started to play zone.
France managed just 5 points from open play while the 6 remaining points in the quarter came from the free-throw line.
Zandalasin from Italy continued from where she left off before the break. Her side went on a 10-0 run which included treys by Sofia Marangon and Sara Crudo as Italy stretched the advantage (47-29) with 23 minutes played.
Julien Egloff (right), the French coach, was lost for words and called for a time-out just after Koné ended the French field goal drought.
After the time-out France played better. However each time they turned the ball over Italy managed to score. So France went into the final quarter trailing (41-53).
It was not a case of Italy pacing themselves to victory. Instead they maintained a solid defensive wall which forced France into taking long distance shots which they missed.
Italy hit on the fast breaks and on turnovers as they went on to win (70-51).
Elisa Penna and Marangon (5 assists) also finished in double digits with 17 and 16 points apiece for the "Azzurri".
France had a poor shooting day all round and also missed a total of 17 free throws (18-from-35).
French players: Clémentine Morateur DNP, Alexia Lacaule 0, Bétengere Dinga-Mbomi 11, Lysa Millavet 2, Ondaye Elenga 3, Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi 10, Fleur Devilliers 5 (5 assists), Laetitia Guapo 2, Assistan Koné 13, Marie Mané 0, Aby Gaye 4, Marie Milapie 1