| Veronika Remenarova led the charge for Slovakia with a 11-point, 10-rebound double-double |
The Slovak Republic got off the mark at the U16 European Championship Women with a 53-46 win in Classification Group G to keep hosts Bulgaria winless.
An 11-2 run in the second quarter helped the Slovak Republic to create separation, with Radka Stasova integral as she drained a three-pointer, blocked a shot on the other end and then provided a pretty pass for Alzbeta Bubenikova to convert.
Bulgaria clawed their way back by the half-time interval as their defensive intensity increased, reducing the deficit to five at the break.
The Slovakian team started the third quarter strongly though, scoring six unanswered points within a minute. Alexandra Haskova grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back before Stasova's steal and feed to Veronika Remenarova prompted Bulgarian coach Borislava Mandur into calling an early timeout.
Bulgaria were struggling to control the boards as the Slovak Republic earned themselves some extra possessions, but the hosts would not give in and Gabriela Nikolova's three-pointer left them seven behind going into the fourth quarter.
Anna Radenkova's drive reduced the deficit to three, but Stasova again proved to be the difference with a tough drive keeping her team ahead, and the Slovakian defense would not allow Bulgaria in down the stretch.
Stasova ended with a team-high 14 points as well as four steals and two blocks in a great all-round performance, and Remenarova chipped in with a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) plus five steals, four blocks and three assists.
Nikolova had 14 for the hosts, who will be keen to break their duck with a victory over Lithuania on Tuesday.