For Ansbach sports teams, 31 has become a significant number.
Less than one month after Ansbach’s DODDS-record 31-game football winning streak ended at the hands of Bitburg in the European Division II title game at Baumholder, the school’s girls basketball team ended the Baumholder Lady Bucs’ school-record winning streak Friday night at the same number.
Gaby Wells did most of the damage to the youthful Lady Bucs, who won the Division III championships in the 2008 and 2009 calendar years to forge the winning streak.
Wells, a sophomore guard, scored 38 points, stole the ball 15 times and pulled down eight rebounds as the Lady Cougars ended Baumholder’s quest for the DODDS-Europe record of 34 straight victories, set by the 1998-2000 Ramstein Lady Royals.
Ansbach took away the suspense early, leading 18-7 after one quarter and 33-12 at halftime. Brianni Van Tessi, a JV player last season, led Baumholder, promoted to Division II this season, with nine points.
The Lady Cougars completed Baumholder’s rough weekend with a 44-18 romp on Saturday. Staci Thomas, second-highest scorer for Ansbach on Friday with nine points, led the Lady Cougars with 24 points on Saturday.
In other girls games of note on the season’s opening weekend:
AOSR 30, Naples 27: On Saturday, the American Overseas School of Rome finished a sweep of visiting Naples behind 16 points from Martina Mannozzi. On Friday, Mannozzi poured in 35 points in a 47-42 victory.
Wiesbaden 57, Vilseck 15: Saturday at Wiesbaden, Taylor Dore finished with 14 points as the Lady Warriors posted a non-regional sweep of a fellow Division I school.
Wiesbaden, behind 15 points and seven steals from LeAndra Thomas, 13 points from LeAmber Thomas and 11 from Dore, prevailed 58-15 on Friday night.
Mannheim 35, Hohenfels 17: Saturday at Mannheim, Takiara Fowlkes scored 14 points as the Lady Bison completed a sweep in Hohenfels’ debut as a Division II school.
Fowlkes scored 16 on Friday as Mannheim turned back Hohenfels 42-22.
Patch 42, Kaiserslautern 35: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, Janelle Loney, with 13 points, and Shy’Kimeyun Akexander, with 12, led the Lady Panthers to their second straight victory over a fellow D-I school.
On Friday, Loney scored 20 as Patch stopped Ramstein 41-36.
Black Forest Academy 33, Heidelberg 31: Saturday at Kandern, Germany, BFA withstood a 20-7 fourth-quarter run by the defending D-I champion to claim a Region III victory.
BFA, a D-II school, held onto the margin provided by its 20-9 first-half run for the triumph, thanks in large part to eight points and 12 rebounds by Helen Aderholdt.
The victory avenged Heidelberg’s 34-20 triumph on the same court Friday night.