Czechs take down defending champs; hosts Lithuania win opener
KAUNAS (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018) - Czech Republic stifled the French offense to take a famous win against the defending champions, while hosts Lithuania used a strong finish to defeat Denmark.
Czech Republic held defending champions France scoreless for the majority of the fourth quarter while pouring in 10 unanswered points to claim a 56-51 victory in their Group A opener.
The French offense toiled under Czech pressure, scoring on just 34% of their field goals with only two of their 19 three-pointers hitting the target. The Czechs were led by 14 points apiece from forward Klara Stloukalova and wing Simona Fiserova.
Hosts Lithuania survived a scare when 2017 Division B champions Denmark reduced a 20-point deficit to two points with six minutes remaining. After a colourful opening ceremony, and with Lithuanian basketball royalty in attendance, the hosts were able to send the crowd home happy with a 71-58 victory.
Simona Visockaite lived up to the hype with a huge double-double of 15 points and 18 boards, and she was ably assisted by Urte Cizauskaite, who had a game-high 18 points and added nine rebounds.
Russia joined Lithuania with an opening-day victory in Group D after beating Germany 51-43, while Turkey emphatically dispatched Belgium 60-38 behind Melek Uzunoglu's 18 points and nine boards to join Czech Republic atop Group A.
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