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As Baumholder coach Carter Hollenbeck sees it, concentration earned Baumholder the Division II-North championship on Saturday.

“We had to focus on every play,” Hollenbeck said by telephone after his Lady Bucs claimed a 53-45 overtime victory over SHAPE to clinch the title. “It was like going to war.”

Hollenbeck said his team aimed to stop SHAPE’s sophomore star Ashley Jordan.

“She’s a great athlete,” he said after Baumholder, with a full cast available for the first time since Jan. 20, held Jordan to 12 points in Friday’s 42-35 victory and 17 on Saturday.

“We mixed up our defenses on her. Sometimes we double-teamed her and sometimes we triple-teamed her.”

Hollenbeck said Jordan fouled out with three minutes left in Saturday’s game, but Shara Fowler hit a three-point shot to force overtime. With Jordan gone, however, Hollenbeck turned his guards loose for an 8-0 overtime run.

“Jasmine Buchanan (14 points, 11 rebounds, six steals Friday and 18 points, four steals Saturday) and Sharena Cabrera (15 points, four steals Saturday) are quick guards,” Hollenbeck said. “We got a quick layup, went to a full-court man-to-man and kept the pressure on.”

The victories raised Baumholder’s final league record to 6-0. SHAPE finished its league season 4-2.

In other girls games of note:

Brussels 54, Alconbury 20: Saturday at Brussels, senior Reliesha Burns scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lady Brigands claimed the Division III-North crown with a head-to-head points differential tiebreaker over Menwith Hill, according to Brussels coach Mark McVicker. Both teams ended their league seasons 5-1.

Burns scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made three steals in Brussels’ 50-21 victory over Alconbury on Friday that got the Lady Brigands started on the sweep that pushed their overall record to 11-2.

According to McVicker, Burns, who missed Brussels’ split at Menwith Hill in December, benefited from Alconbury’s efforts to defuse Brussels’ leading scorer Caitlin Quinn.

“Alconbury used a box-and-one against [Quinn], and she responded by dishing out 13 assists, grabbing 26 rebounds and making 10 steals in the two games,” McVicker wrote Saturday in an e-mail.

Vilseck 49-48, BFA 35-45: At Vilseck, Cathy Dela Rosa scored 20 points and handed out seven assists Saturday as the Falcons completed a sweep of Black Forest Academy and set up a home-and-home showdown Friday and Saturday against Würzburg to decide the III-South title.

Ashley Hicks, who had 20 points and 16 rebounds in Vilseck’s Friday victory, added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Falcons improved to 4-0 in the league on Saturday and 11-1 overall.

Naples 44-59, Sigonella 37-38: At Sigonella, Nyreka Davis led the Lady Wildcats to a weekend sweep and an unbeaten season — 15-0 overall and 7-0 in the American Schools in Italy League.

Kaiserslautern 36, Patch 29: Saturday at Kaiserslautern, the Lady Raiders rebounded from what could have been a crushing 52-10 loss at Ramstein on Friday behind 14 points from Brittany Smith. Kaiserslautern completed its Division I schedule 5-1, trailing 5-0 Ramstein, which was playing Heidelberg on Saturday night.


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