Hosts Finish On High Note
The Slovak Republic finished the U18 European Championship for Women on a high note, crushing Poland 76-46 to take seventh place, much to the delight of their home fans.
The hosts jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and were in command at the half, up 15 on a score of 37-22. They were able to cruise to victory in the second half as Klaudia Lukacovicova had an impressive stats line with game-highs of 25 points and 23 rebounds and Veronika Cernakova added 24 for the home side. Klaudia Sosnowska and Olivia Tomialowicz had 12 and 11 points respectively, but shot a combined nine for 32 from the field.
Meanwhile, Turkey needed every bit of Tugce Canitez's 20 points and 20 rebounds as they held off Sweden 76-67 in the 9th-10th place game. The Turks trailed 21-16 after the first quarter but got their offense going after the break, outscoring the Swedes 48-38 over the last two quarters. Ozge Yavas added 18 points and five assists in a winning cause.
Stefanie Yderstrom had 18 points of her own and six assists to go along with it for Sweden, who were in with a chance until Turkey pulled away early in the fourth quarter.
Elsewhere, Katerina Dorogobuzova scored 30 points as the Ukraine held off Bulgaria 72-60 to finish 11th. Ol'Ha Maznichenko added 22 points and 12 rebounds while Katerina Rymarenko grabbed an impressive 24 rebounds for the Ukrainians. Stanislava Stankova had 20 points and three assists for Bulgaria.
In Saturday's final Classification Round games, Belarus beat Croatia 73-61 to finish top of the group with a 3-0 mark that guaranteed their Division A status for next year. Italy beat Romania 69-54 and also stay in the top flight after winning two of their three games.
Romania (1-2) and Croatia (0-3) finished second last and last in the group respectively and therefore are relegated to Division B.