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Alyssa LaneBasketball

Aviano

Last week: Lane, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, made the most of her minutes Friday and Saturday against an outmanned visiting team from Marymount International School of Rome. In around one half eachgame, Lane scored 17 points in 50-10 and 56-16 courtesy-rule victories.

Lane, an All-Europe volleyball and basketball player last season, passed up her senior volleyball season to concentrate on basketball. Lane, an All-Europe forward last season, is playing guard this time around.

"We’re playing her more outside this season," coach Greg Mead said by telephone. "She had four assists on Friday and five assists on Saturday."

For good measure, Lane scored Aviano’s first points of the season on two free throws. "She’s a good free-throw shooter," Mead said.

Mead said Lane’s move to guard allows the Saints to make the most of their new inside player, Jasmine Mailoto, a former junior national player for Italy.

Eric JonesBasketball

Patch

Last week: Jones, a 6-foot senior point guard, scored 20 points in each game as the Panthers prepped for their Division I season with victories over two D-II teams — 60-49 Friday at Wiesbaden and 74-65 Saturday over visiting Bitburg.

"Though he scored 20 points in each of his first two games," Patch coach Bill Lassetter wrote in an e-mail about Jones, who handed out six assists on Friday and five on Saturday, "he is very unselfish and a true team player."

Lassetter added that Jones, a 3.71 student who serves as a team leader by example, furnishes other valuable skills to the Panther cause.

"… Eric is one of the best ball-handlers I have had the pleasure to work with," Lassetter concluded. "He is extremely coachable and has made everyone around him a better player, which has led to our early success and high expectations for a winning season."

— Selected by Stars and Stripes staff

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