Europe athletes of the week
Mannheim High School
Gardner, a 6-1 senior guard, scored 28 points on Friday and 21 more on Saturday as the Bison of Division II extended their unbeaten record to 5-0 with 61-58 and 58-51 home victories over Bamberg of D-III.
In addition, according to Mannheim coach John Crockett, Gardner registered 10 rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots on Friday and seven rebounds, six assists and four steals on Saturday.
“Not a bad day’s work,” Crockett understated.
Crockett said last weekend’s season-high scoring totals derived from the flow of the game, rather than any conscious plan.
“I didn’t tell him to go score,” Crockett said. “He’s just so quick up and down the floor and can penetrate so well, the baskets just came to him.”
There was nothing cheap about the opposition, Crockett said.
Bamberg’s “got a good team,” he said. “They can give anyone in Division II a run for their money.”
Lakenheath High School
Gafford, a 6-0 junior who sat out least season’s campaign at Lakenheath, chalked up 18 points and 23 rebounds on Friday and 15 points and 20 rebounds on Saturday as the Lady Lancers swept visiting Wiesbaden 63-36 and 37-36 for their third and fourth straight victories.
Gafford “had a great game on Friday night,” Lakenheath coach Janis Ready said by telephone Wednesday. “She was able to dominate the boards.”
In Saturday’s conference game, Lakenheath trailed 18-7 at halftime before Gafford took command again.
“She got off to a slow start,” Ready said, “but in the second half she began controlling the boards and scoring points.”
Gafford’s efforts allowed Lakenheath (4-2 overall, 1-0 in D-I play) to post a deficit-erasing 20-point fourth quarter.
Anne Keenan scored the 20th and decisive point with a free thrown in the final seconds of the game.
— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff