Czechs Finish Round On Positive Note
Czech Republic finally got off the mark in the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship Women in Greece, scoring their first victory 63-52 againt the Netherlands. But this was only a consolation win for the Czechs as they were condemnded to a last place finish in the Group already before tip-off while their opponents had already secured the last available ticket to the Quarter-Finals.
Following Greece's defeat at the hands of Spain earlier in the day, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic knew their match-up would be a game with no real bearing on the standings.
The Netherlands, last year's Division B champions, had already qualified but knew that a potential win would eventually secure them a third place finish ahead of Belgium.
The Czechs started way better and quickly summed up a double digit lead. After the first quarter the scoreboard at Ptolemaida was reading 10-20 in favour of the Czechs.
In the second quarter they held on to their clear lead. At halftime they still had a ten point advantage.
The Netherlands tried to work their way back into the game. A three point play by Kourtney Treffers cut the deficit under the margin of ten points (30-39). The Dutch even came back within reach of the Czechs at the end of the third quarter (36-43).
The Czech Republic really wanted to get one win at least in the Qualifying Round and worked together to keep the Dutch from further catching up. Eventually the Czechs got their victory. For the Dutch team this loss was one they could live with.
Nada Salacova (Czech Republic) collected a double double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. For the Netherlands Kourtney Treffers marked yet another double double (22 points, 10 rebounds).