Girls basketball roundup
AFNORTH piles up four 'W's in busy weekend
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 1, 2014
BRUNNSUM, Netherlands -- AFNORTH's hospitality didn't extend to the scoreboard this weekend.
The Lions welcomed Rota and Baumholder to Brunssum on Friday and Saturday and sent each squad home with two losses apiece while bumping their own season record above .500.
AFNORTH beat Rota 36-31 on Friday and 50-21 on Saturday and routed Baumholder 51-14 on Friday and 43-4 on Saturday.
Three different Lions rotated as their team's top scorer. Grace Phillips scored a game-high 16 against Rota on Friday, while Erica Balkcum led all scorers with 12 later Friday against Baumholder.
Jena Solorzano scored 18 in each of Saturday's games to pace all scorers. Her day included a perfect eight-for-eight shooting effort against Rota.
AFNORTH enjoys a light schedule down the stretch. The Lions' next and final regular-season game comes Saturday against SHAPE in a battle of Division II hopefuls.
Brussels 34, SHAPE 31: Saturday at Brussels, the defending Division III champions scored another upper-division upset.
Brussels built a 21-11 halftime lead and resisted a second-half Spartan surge to earn the win. Ana-Marija Vasileva scored a team-high 12 points, Teodora Vasileva posted nine points and 10 rebounds and Ali DeFazio added nine points and six assists in a balanced Brigand effort.
SHAPE's Gina Rhett led all scorers with 17 points and added five assists.
Ramstein 42, Wiesbaden 40: Saturday at Wiesbaden, the Royals avenged a still-stinging loss and vanquished their second Division I rival of the week.
After the Warriors beat Ramstein 35-33 last Saturday, the Royals took their frustrations out on Kaiserslautern in a 43-24 victory Tuesday and continued the rally with Saturday's revenge win.
Both teams got off to slow starts, with Wiesbaden inching ahead 5-2 through the first quarter. Ramstein ramped it up with a 15-point second quarter and closed the deal with a 19-point fourth.
Rezana Todman scored a game-high 15 points and Lindsey Breton produced a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead the Royals.
Cierra Martin had 10 points and 21 rebounds for Wiesbaden.
Wiesbaden 55, Bitburg 30: Friday at Bitburg, the Warriors cruised past the Barons.
Wiesbaden's Rebecca Russell and Bitburg's Saoirse Matthews tied for game-high scoring honors with 18 points apiece. Russell scored all of her points on six successful three-pointers and Matthews grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Sigonella 27/29, AOSR 10/45: At Sigonella, each team collected a double-digit victory in a weekend split.
Katie Cauble outscored the opposition herself with a 12-point effort on Friday. The Jaguars held AOSR to three first-half points and scoreless in the fourth quarter.
The visitors retaliated Saturday behind 11 points from Alison Cook and 10 from Candy Martinez-Sosa.
Kaiserslautern 32/37, Black Forest Academy 15/17: At Kaiserslautern, the defending Division I champion swept the Falcons.
A wide range of Raiders contributed to the wins. Alana Dickerson scored a combined 18 points. Jasmyn Bostic scored eight points Friday and piled up five steals and three assists Saturday. Jada Bostic had a combined 11 points and five blocks Friday. And Johanna Quinn posted a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double Saturday.
Emily Campbell went for 11 points over the two games to pace BFA.
Alconbury 40/13, Menwith Hill 13/15: At Alconbury, the Mustangs shook off a Friday rout to even the score Saturday.
Leila Hall scored 12 and Jada Griffin 11 in Friday's runaway Dragon win.
But Menwith Hill slashed the Dragons' offensive efforts the next day to earn the split. Mustang Denise Culbreth scored eight of her team's 15 points and Ramie Ogea nabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the way.
Hohenfels 39, Ansbach 16: Friday at Hohenfels, the Tigers cemented their Division contender status with a rout of last year's divisional runner-up.
Hohenfels held the visitors scoreless in the first quarter en route to the lopsided win. Shelby Atkinson had 11 points and six steals and Breann Gotel had 10 points and six rebounds for the Tigers.
Hohenfels 56, Schweinfurt/Bamberg 16: Saturday at Hohenfels, the Tigers completed a perfect weekend with a second-straight blowout win.
Amelia Heath scored 11 points and Atkinson handed out 11 assists to lead the way.
Hohenfels wraps up its season against Vilseck on Feb. 8 and Ansbach on Feb. 15.