Bitburg gets the best of BFA again, stays unbeaten
The Bitburg Barons and Black Forest Academy Falcons continued their compelling Division II girls basketball rivalry over the weekend, with frustratingly familiar results for the Falcons.
Bitburg, which beat BFA in the European championship game last season, earned two more hard-fought wins over its divisional nemesis on Friday and Saturday. The Barons won the opener 23-18, then clinched the sweep Saturday by a 26-22 margin.
The defending champions eked out just enough points to come out ahead of the similarly defensive-minded Falcons.
Bitburg held BFA to four points in Friday's first half, building enough of a cushion to survive its own scoreless fourth quarter. On Saturday, neither team managed more than nine points in any one quarter.
Alexa Landenberger scored a combined 19 points over the weekend to lead Bitburg. Katie Greathouse matched that two-day total for the Falcons.
The Barons remain undefeated on the season while handing the Falcons their first two losses.
Naples 41/29, Marymount 9/11: At Naples, the Wildcats blasted their overmatched guests.
Angelica Sheils and Charity Hollingsworth led the way for Naples with 17 and 12 combined points, respectively.
The Wildcats are in the midst of a three-game winning streak on the heels of a three-game losing streak that spanned the holiday break.
Naples will pile into the four-team Division I meet-up in Vicenza next weekend.
Ramstein 47/39, SHAPE 7/0: At Ramstein, the Royals stayed unbeaten with another pair of blowout wins.
Victoria Rady led a balanced Ramstein attack on Friday, aided by eight points apiece from Ashley Mateo, Amethyst Rorie and Lindsey Breton. Mateo scored another 13 to lead the way Saturday.
Lakenheath 26, Brussels 14: Saturday at Lakenheath, the Lancers completed a weekend sweep of the Brigands.
The home team pulled away in the second quarter after finishing the first quarter tied at two points apiece. A 9-3 fourth-quarter edge swung the game decisively for unbeaten Lakenheath, which won Friday's matchup 45-16.
Asha Snipes had eight points and five rebounds to lead the Lancers. Teammate Gabby Clavo added four points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Vicenza 39/43, Florence 0/3: At Vicenza, the Division I power coasted to a pair of lopsided wins.
Federica Volk scored 10 points in Friday's win, while Aerial Rouse posted a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double in Saturday's version.
The unbeaten Cougars host German divisional foes Stuttgart and Vilseck along with Naples next weekend.
AFNORTH 25/25, Alconbury 14/40: At Alconbury, the host Dragons earned their first win of the season in the second half of a Friday-Saturday set.
Visiting AFNORTH steadily earned Friday's win by padding its lead each quarter on the way to a double-digit margin of victory. But Roni Teti and the Dragons had other ideas for Saturday's rematch.
Teti exploded for 27 points, two more than AFNORTH's team total, and the Dragons jumped out to a 14-2 lead through the first quarter as they seized the win that had eluded them over the season's first seven games.