|Eva Filickova made 22 points to keep the Slovak Republic's 2014 Division A ambitions alive|
The lifespan of England at the U18 European Championship Women Division A has proven to be all too short, after a 70-57 defeat by Slovak Republic in Vinkovci condemned them to a drop straight back down into Division B.
With the game finely balanced at 29-29, the Slovakians then began to slowly edge further and further ahead, helped by an outstanding 22-point contribution from Eva Filickova.
By midway through the third quarter, it looked done and dusted at 48-33 when Filickova made a jump-shot, but England did launch an impressive rescue mission - even if they did ultimately come up short.
Perhaps sensing their Division A status was in serious danger of evaporating, they burst into life with a 14-3 run to cut the gap to just four points early in the final period after a nice ‘and-1' play by Shequila Joseph.
However, their fight-back proved to be in vain, since Filickova continued to torture England as the Slovak Republic wrapped up the game with a powerful run of their own.
Terezia Palenikova manufactured 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Slovakians, whilst Joseph finished with 21 points for England.
The Slovak Republic will now get the chance to save their Division A status on the final day in Vinkovci.