Girls basketball roundup
Vicenza, Sigonella split a pair
Bitburg High School's Brianna Lackey makes a cross-court pass in Saturday morning's game against AFNORTH High School at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Bitburg went on to defeat AFNORTH 39-31.
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SIGONELLA, Italy – Vicenza leapt into the DODDS-Europe girls basketball regular season Friday and Saturday with a fierce set of games at Sigonella. The visiting Cougars clawed out a 37-35 win Friday before absorbing a 53-40 loss Saturday.
Vicenza won Friday’s opener in the final seconds of regulation when Emma Knapp’s steal and Tatiana Miranda’s resulting layup earned the Cougars a dramatic victory.
Sigonella got even the next day propelled by the dominant post duo of Tenia Strobridge and Sydney Moore. Strobridge totaled 22 points and 18 rebounds while Moore chipped in 16 points and 10 boards. Strobridge also led the way in defeat Friday with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
The early-season faceoff between strong Region IV programs left Sigonella at 3-1 and Vicenza at 1-1. Both teams will resume play in mid-January with visits to fellow Italian school Naples.
Patch 46/47, Hohenfels 31/34: The host Panthers won a Friday-and-Saturday set to enter the holiday break on a winning streak.
Rebecca Hess scored 16 points in each game and lifted a two-day total of 15 steals to guide Patch to the victories. Four of her teammates scored six or more points in at least one of the games.
The wins evened the Panthers’ record at 2-2; they’ll resume their season Jan. 18 with a trip to Bamberg.
ISB 24/28, Lakenheath 21/30: At Brussels, the Region I foes played to a 1-1 draw in a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.
Danielle White’s layup in the final minute gave host ISB a five-point advantage, enough to hang on to the victory Friday. ISB held a similar lead Saturday before the Lancers turned things around.
A furious Lakenheath rally peaked with a Tracy McCall basket with 6 seconds to play, putting the Lancers on top. A tying opportunity at the foul line went awry for ISB in the final seconds.
Heidelberg 38/44, Schweinfurt 36/40: The defending champion Lions fought off Friday and Saturday advances from the Razorbacks, escaping with narrow wins on both team’s home courts.
Heidelberg shocked its host Friday with a remarkable comeback win. The Lions scored just two points in each of the first two quarters, trailing 19-4 at the half. After inching closer in the third, Heidelberg finished the rally with a 23-2 fourth-quarter wallop, overcoming a 19-point deficit in the process.
Crisheena Rolack poured in 25 points over the two games, while Romina Fears posted a 12-point, 9-rebound effort Saturday.
Despite challenges associated with the school’s pending closure, Heidelberg takes a winning 3-2 record into the holiday break.
Ramstein 34, Bitburg 28: Friday at Bitburg, the visiting Royals spoiled the Barons’ season opener with a solid victory.
Freshman guard Breanna Martinez scored 11 points and Katherine Enyeart collected 12 rebounds to pace Ramstein, which moved above .500 entering the holiday intermission.
Brianna Lackey dropped in 15 points and Brandy Oliver matched Enyeart’s 12 rebounds to lead Bitburg. The Barons shook off first-game nerves to make a fourth-quarter run, outscoring Ramstein 10-5 over the final eight minutes.
Bitburg 39, AFNORTH 31: Saturday at Bitburg, the Barons salvaged their season-opening weekend with a win over their Division II rivals.
A night after falling to Ramstein, Bitburg recovered behind 12 points and eight rebounds from senior guard Brianna Lackey, a second-team All-Europe guard last season.
Bitburg’s schedule gets serious quickly after the break with games against two undefeated Division I powers. The Barons host Kaiserslautern and visit Wiesbaden on the weekend of Jan. 11.
Wiesbaden 31/32, SHAPE 28/34: At Wiesbaden, the Division I Warriors and defending Division II champion Spartans split a pair of extremely evenly-matched games Friday and Saturday.
Wiesbaden used scrappy defense and some clutch shooting down the stretch Friday to outlast SHAPE, handing the defending Division-II champs their first loss of the young basketball season.
A basket by Mackenzie Jefferson with 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game gave Wiesbaden a 25-23 lead - its first since early in the third quarter - and sparked the Warriors to the come-from- behind victory in a game that featured six lead changes.
Despite Gina Rhett’s 15-point performance - including a 3-pointer to draw SHAPE back within one point with 50 seconds left - Wiesbaden’s Lauren Barry iced the game for the Warriors by scoring the final six points of the contest for her team.
The Spartans exacted revenge in Saturday’s rematch behind Rhett’s 19 points. SHAPE held Wiesbaden to two first-quarter points to set the stage for the win.
AOSR 41/43, Aviano 26/25: At Aviano, the Falcons swooped into the home of their Italian rival and clutched a pair of lopsided victories Friday and Saturday.
Ceara Lafferty and Rachel May put up a pair of double-figure scoring games apiece for AOSR, which remained undefeated with the victories. Winless Aviano was limited by the absence of three starters.
Aviano’s Kyerha Smith posted the high scoring game of the weekend with a 19-point effort Friday, but didn’t play Saturday.