Can anybody challenge the USA? Since the first World Champs USA have dominated the competition. But maybe the Czech girls on home turf can at least offer resistance.
The inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Women was staged in Toulouse and Rodez, France in 2010. The second edition took place 2012 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. USA won both.
The 2014 Championship had initially been awarded to Slovak Republic but the move to Klatovy and Pilsen, Czech Republic will suit the Czech girls
U16 European All Star team player Resingerova stated “We are very excited about playing the tournament at home, we hope to win as many games as possible, when we play as a collective team we are like lions!”
Czech were narrowly beaten by Spain in the u16 Fiba European Championships in Varna summer 2013. Resingerova knows how close the game was ” I messed up in the first half, foul trouble forced me to the bench when my team needed me most and I know I gave it my all in the second half but we could have won” Many may only consider Spain as challengers but nobody on this side of the pond will dismiss the quality of the Italians and the might of Hungary.
The Czech girls must feel the pressure rising at home, warm up games have gone well, tough tests against their own u18’s, Two wins over France and many of the team also play for the u16’s that have good wins away from home in their own age group.
Three of the girls that have not stopped since last summers Silver medal are Julia, Lucie and Michela. The trio accepted an invitation to play on Blue Star Europe’s All Star Team that played in the Pre season invitational girls98 tournament in Copenhagen organised by our good friend Andreas Holmgran. The girls were joined by some other top 1998 born players from Europe and cruised through to win the finals against the then Scandic Champions Uppsala from Sweden. All three girls contribute in many ways and will impress college coaches on the look out for that that next level talent.
Enough fire power to Challenge team USA? Well I think most European teams focus on being the closest to the favourites and maybe the Czech girls can do just that. First in their way is Korea , Local rivals Hungary and Canada. ” We want to finish in the top end of the competition but its difficult to predict as some of the teams are unknown to us” One things for sure is these girls will not back down to anybody. Czech could face USA in the semi final assuming both can top their respective groups.