The two frontrunning teams of Region I confirmed their status Friday and Saturday with a hyper-competitive doubleheader split.
Defending Division II champion SHAPE edged host Lakenheath 54-50 on Friday. The Division I Lancers answered Saturday with a 51-32 decision.
The visiting Spartans took the opener behind matching 19-point efforts from Gina Rhett and Deja Chappell. Rhett added 5 steals and 9 assists and Chappell snagged a game-high 21 rebounds in the win.
Kristen Reed scored a game-high 25 points in defeat.
Junior center Jourdan Hodge dominated Saturday with a 28-point, 21-rebound game as the Lancers gained their vengeance.
The split gives regional bragging rights to the Spartans. SHAPE (8-2 Region I) has played its last game until the playoffs; Lakenheath (5-2 Region I) will host Menwith Hill in a regional matchup Feb. 16. Even a Lakenheath win will leave the Spartans with a better winning percentage.
Alconbury 27/10, Brussels 23/26: The Region I rivals split a Friday and Saturday set at Brussels.
Taylor Currie scored 14 to pace the Dragons to victory Friday. Ali DeFazio scored 9 to top a balanced Brussels effort the next day.
Kaiserslautern 32, Bitburg 25: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Red Raiders returned to their winning ways with a win over the tough Division II Barons.
A week removed from taking its first loss of the season against Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern drew on its diverse roster to build a 16-point lead through three quarters. Teranda Dunlap scored 10, Angie Powell added eight and Johanna Quinn chipped in six points and 10 rebounds for the Red Raiders.
Bitburg launched a spirited fourth-quarter comeback, holding the home team scoreless in the final eight minutes. Atyia Brigman led all scorers with 12 points for the Barons.
Ramstein 43/42, Black Forest Academy 25/38: The Royals ventured into the forest and emerged with a pair of wins over the Division II school.
Ramstein put together a 16-2 run in the second quarter Friday and a 12-5 run in the third quarter Saturday to gain separation.
Heidelberg 48/48, Vilseck 44/36: The defending Division I European champions held their ground with Friday and Saturday wins on the road.
Emma Roberts and Romina Fears each notched Friday double-doubles and consecutive double-digit scoring efforts for the Lions.
Heidelberg takes a 9-4 record into the final weekend of the regular season. The school will host its final home basketball games Feb. 16 against Bamberg.
Ansbach 43/47, Patch 34/41:The deadeye shooting of guard Chealsy Reaves made the difference in a weekend sweep of the Division I Panthers.
Reaves hit four three-pointers on Friday and five more on Saturday to push the Cougar winning streak to 11, a run dating back to the team’s lone loss of the season on Dec. 1. She finished with 14 points Friday and 23 on Saturday.
Rebecca Hess was solid in defeat for Patch, scoring 14 and 17 points, respectively.
Hohenfels 35/20, Bamberg 24/23: The host Barons salvaged a doubleheader split with a early-game run Saturday.
After falling behind 9-1 to open Friday’s loss, Bamberg reversed its fate Saturday with a 10-2 opening-quarter advantage.
Hohenfels’ Kiana Glenn scored 17 to lead all scorers Friday; Bamberg’s Damonique Lamons notched a game-best 11 on Saturday.
Wiesbaden 40, Baumholder 0: Friday at Wiesbaden, the rolling Division I Warriors blanked an overwhelmed Division III visitor in a mercy-rule finish.