D-III play appears to agree with Ansbach
It took all of two games for the Ansbach Cougars to declare their Division III intentions.
The Cougars, in their first and only regular-season action against their any of their new divisional rivals, served notice with solid 23-17 and 38-29 wins over the reigning small-school European champion Baumholder Bucs.
Ansbach was dropped to the Division III ranks from Division II in the fall, but its hoops schedule remained filled with its typical DII opponents.
That finally changed Friday and Saturday, and the Cougars took full advantage. Sabiana Edouard turned in a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double Friday, and teammate Khiya Coats did the same Saturday with 16 points and 12 rebounds. That production offset a strong effort from reigning Stars and Stripes girls basketball Athlete of the Year Eliyah Tillman, who totaled 32 points and 19 rebounds on the weekend.
Ansbach will enter the European tournament on a four-game winning streak after dropping the first 10 games of the season.
Naples 30/31, Aviano 24/27: At Naples, the Wildcats earned a pair of hard-fought wins from their visiting Italian rival.
Naples burst out to a 12-6 lead through one quarter Friday and preserved that advantage to the end. But the Wildcats required a comeback to complete the sweep Saturday after the Saints built a double-digit halftime cushion.
Jillian Thurston totaled 18 points on the weekend and Angelica Sheils scored a combined 17 points to pace Naples offensively. Sheils reached double digits in rebounding in both games with 12 on Friday and 11 on Saturday.
Aviano's Viyanni Johnson notched a 10-point, 17-rebound double-double Friday and posted another game-high total on the boards with 15 on Saturday.
Naples ends its regular season on a five-game winning streak and with a 10-4 overall record.
Ramstein 53/53, Wiesbaden 11/18: The unbeaten Division I championship hopefuls took another step towards that goal this weekend with a sweep of the reigning European champions.
Ramstein rocked the Warriors in both halves of the home-and-home doubleheader. The wins improve the Royals to 13-0 overall; the Royals rank alongside Vicenza as the last undefeated teams in Division I.
The experienced Royal lineup proved too much for Wiesbaden's rebuilt rotation. Lindsey Breton led the way Friday with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Ashley Mateo piled up a combined 25 points and 14 steals on the weekend.
Both teams will wrap up their regular season schedules this week against Kaiserslautern. The Royals face the Raiders on Tuesday, while the Warriors follow Friday.
Stuttgart 20/49, Black Forest Academy 25/15: At Stuttgart, the Falcons got their big-school upset, but the momentum was short-lived.
Division II power BFA knocked off the Division I Panthers on Friday night, less than a week after taking a one-point loss to unbeaten large-school frontrunner Ramstein. A balanced BFA attack got the job done as Cailynn Campbell, Anna Kragt and Mia Rottier scored five points apiece and combined for 24 rebounds on the game.
Stuttgart reasserted itself Saturday. The Panthers built a lead that reached eight points through one quarter and swelled to 15 by halftime to put the rematch away early. Morgan Whitten had 13 points and eight rebounds in the win, while Marissa Encarnacion totaled 13 points, six steals and five assists.
BFA wraps up its regular season against divisional rival Hohenfels next weekend, while the Panthers finish up at Division I foe Vilseck.
Vilseck 31/34, Hohenfels 15/20: The Falcons snapped a two-game skid with a home-and-home win over their Bavarian rival.
Second-quarter runs delivered both double-digit victories after Hohenfels forced a tie after each game's first quarter. The Falcon defense held the Tigers to single digits in six of eight quarters on the weekend.
Tynniesia Wilson scored a game-high 10 in Friday's win while teammate Elisabeth Hendrix added nine points; Mohagony Ledija took the lead Saturday with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Mikaela McCarson excelled on the boards for Hohenfels, recording game-high totals of 10 and 17, respectively.
Sigonella 32/52, Marymount 14/15: At Rome, the Jaguars returned to their winning ways with a sweep of the host Royals.
Sigonella, a primary contender for the Division III championship, ended its regular season on a pair of wins after seeing Naples end its previous six-game run the previous weekend. The Jaguars will take an 8-4 overall record into the European tournament.
Marika Wojtal starred in both games for Sigonella, posting a combined 30 points and 12 steals.
Lakenheath 27/47, Alconbury 18/18: The Lancers snapped a four-game DODDS-Europe losing streak in their final doubleheader of the season.
Lakenheath earned a nine-point win Friday at Alconbury behind a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double by Gabby Clavo. The Lancers really poured it on at home on Saturday, building an early 13-5 lead on the way to a blowout victory. Reese Estus totaled 15 points and eight rebounds in the win.
Alconbury's Roni Teti scored 18 total points over the two games.