|Michaela Matusková and the Czech Republic clinched second spot in Group D with their win over Slovakia|
The Czech Republic were too strong for neighbours Slovak Republic, taking a 65-44 Group D win in the U16 European Championship Women.
The Slovak Republic knew that a win would put them through at their neighbour's expense, but they hadn't beaten the Czech Republic in either of their past meetings in the tournament and a 10-2 start for the Czech team suggested this time would be just as difficult.
The Czech Republic's 1.93m center Julia Reisingerova (16 points, 9 rebounds) was giving the Slovakian team big problems on both ends of the floor, patrolling the paint on defense and grabbing offensive rebounds, one of which led to a gorgeous give-and-go which gave her an unstoppable position to convert in the lane.
Jana Matejcikova ended the first period with a great drive inside to cut the Czech lead to six, but the second quarter was one-way traffic. Even when the Slovakian team managed to break up a play, the loose ball fell to Petra Holesinska who drained a deep three as the shot-clock buzzer went off.
Veronika Remenarova continued her impressive tournament as she tried to bring her teammates back with a steal and tough drive at the end of the half, but Michaela Krejzova's great post move swelled the half-time advantage to 18.
Holesinska continued her hot-shooting form of the previous night to drain another three and the Czech defense restricted their Slovak rivals to just 10 points in the third quarter to ensure a comeback never looked likely.
Michaela Matuskova added nine points and five assists for the Czech team, and Krejzova finished with eight points and five rebounds. Lucia Striesova top-scored for the Slovak Republic with 13 points.