RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - The new-look Ramstein Royals girls basketball team moved to 2-0 with a convincing 55-32 victory Saturday over the Patch Panthers.
Sabrina Martinez scored a game-high 19 points for the Royals, last year’s Division I runner-up. As with Friday’s season-opening win over Vilseck, Ramstein used a dominant third quarter to gain separation.
The game was the season opener for the Panthers, who were led by Rebecca Hess’ 13 points. They visit Kaiserslautern for a pair of games next weekend. Ramstein plays a home-and-home with Bitburg next weekend.
Alconbury 24/28, AFNORTH 23/35: At Brunssum, Netherlands, the Dragons and host Lions fought to a split decision in a pair of tightly-contested games Friday and Saturday.
After the visitors claimed victory Friday, AFNORTH avoided a sweep with a late-game flourish Saturday. Freshman Eliska Volencova’s free throw with nine seconds to play in regulation forced overtime, and teammate Madison Puckett scored seven of her eight points in the extra four minutes to deliver the victory.
AFNORTH’s season-opening homestand continues Friday against International School of Brussels, while Alconbury hosts Baumholder on Friday.
SHAPE 38/38, Brussels 26/18: At Brussels, SHAPE standout Gina Rhett scored a combined 36 points as the visitors claimed Friday and Saturday wins.
Rhett scored 20 points Friday as SHAPE used a 17-point third quarter to put away the host Brigands. The Spartans rushed out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter Saturday en route to a 20-point win fueled by Rhett’s 16 points.
SHAPE will take an unbeaten record into its last two games of the calendar year, a Dec. 14 and 15 trip to Wiesbaden. Brussels visits intracity rival International School of Brussels on Wednesday.
Hohenfels 32/41, Bamberg 26/39: At Hohenfels, the host Tigers survived Bamberg assaults on Friday and Saturday to emerge with a 2-0 start.
Bamberg outscored the home team 10-4 in a furious fourth-quarter rally that forced overtime Friday night. Hohenfels responded in kind with a 6-0 shutout in the extra period.
Stars Damonique Lamons of Bamberg and Tashia Golson staged a memorable duel in Saturday’s encore. Each player posted a double-double, Golson with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Lamons with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Kaiserslautern 33, Vilseck 15: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, a balanced Raiders attack proved too much for the Falcons.
Johanna Quinn’s 11-point, 16-rebound double-double led seven K-Town scorers as the home team sprinted to a 20-4 halftime advantage.
Kaiserslautern now preps for a Friday visit from Patch. Vilseck, which lost at Ramstein on Friday, returns home to face Hohenfels the same day.
Kaiserslautern 34, Heidelberg 16: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Raiders knocked off the defending DODDS-Europe Division I champions.
K-Town held the Lions to just five first-half points and coasted to a season-opening win. Five Raiders scored at least five points in the game while none scored more than NeeCee Canton’s eight.
Senior Emma Roberts paced Heidelberg, now with its final season officially under way, with six points, six rebounds and three steals.
Heidelberg 35, Ansbach 32. Saturday at Heidelberg, the defending DODDS-Europe Division I champions improved to 1-1 with a comeback victory.
Down 26-19 after a discouraging three-point third quarter, the Lions responded with a 16-point fourth-quarter outburst to overtake the Cougars and earn the first victory of the school’s final season.
Returning senior Emma Roberts had 10 points for Heidelberg, while Ansbach’s Chealsy Reaves led all scorers with 17 points and teammate Jahkyla Smith collected 17 rebounds.
The teams stage a rematch Friday at Ansbach.
Menwith Hill plays three: The UK-based Division III program opened its campaign with a 1-2 effort against non-DODDS opponents Hillingdon and Egham. Hillingdon won 38-27 Friday and 27-18 Saturday, while the Mustangs recovered late Saturday with a 42-13 rout of Egham. Saturday's games were played in four six-minute quarters.
Menwith Hill's Kaia Pierce averaged double-digit scoring over the three games with a combined 31 points. Teammate Arielle Rodgers was equally consistent, posting point totals of nine, nine and 11 on the weekend.
The Mustangs (1-2) open DODDS play Wednesday as Brussels visits the island.