After a weekend sweep at Black Forest Academy, the Hanau girls find themselves in the same position they occupied going into the 2003 holiday break: atop the Division II standings.
Returning All-Europe senior Katisha Fauntleroy led the Lady Panthers in Friday’s 51-22 win and in Saturday’s 25-12 victory.
Fauntleroy, backed by 15 points from Alexis Padgett and 12 from Kyri Bye-Nagel, scored 15 points on Friday and eight Saturday, along with eight steals, against BFA’s slowdown game.
The sweep puts Hanau, which lost by one to Kaiserslautern of Division I the previous Saturday, atop Division II with a 2-0 league mark. The Lady Panthers resume the division season on Jan. 15 at AFNORTH.
BFA fell to 0-2 in league play and 2-2 overall. The Falcons will resume their season Jan. 14 at Patch.
In other games in the final pre-holiday weekend:
Ramstein steps ahead in Division I
At Ramstein, three-time All-European Krissy Grosselin scored 20 points as the Lady Royals routed Heidelberg 42-17 for their second straight Division I victory.
Ramstein (2-0, 2-0) took a 24-9 halftime lead and coasted home. The Lady Royals’ next game will be at home against Würzburg on Jan. 7.
Heidelberg fell to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in Division I. The Lady Lions next play on Jan. 8 at Division III Bamberg.
Second-quarter burst carries Bitburg
Defending Division II champion Bitburg scored 22 points in the second quarter en route to a 54-23 road victory over SHAPE.
Danielle Mefford led Bitburg with 18 points and teammate Alexandra Bintz added 15 for the Lady Barons (3-0).
Bitburg next plays at Patch on Jan. 7 and 8; SHAPE (0-4, 0-1) is scheduled to resume its season at Mannheim on Jan. 14.
K-town stays perfect
Division I Kaiserslautern got 10 points from Anisha Ingram and 11 rebounds from Brittany Smith in a 45-12 home victory over Giessen of Division III.
Kaiserslautern (3-0) went on a 22-0 run in the first quarter.
K-town will open its conference season in its next game, a Jan. 8 home contest against Ramstein. Giessen (0-3) continues its nonconference slate when it hosts Wiesbaden of Division I on Jan. 8.
Lady Bucs sweep Bobcats:
At Baumholder, the Lady Bucs of Division III-South evened their record against III-North teams with 28-23 and 27-24 victories over London Central (2-2).
Tish Shelhas scored 18 points on Friday, and teammate Kandi Dyer had 11 on Saturday as Baumholder, which was swept the previous weekend by visiting Alconbury, improved to 2-2 going into its III-South opener Jan. 14 at home against Hohenfels.
London Central will host The American School in London on Wednesday before breaking for the holidays.