Defending girls champs start off strongly
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 1, 2018
All three of DODEA-Europe’s reigning girls basketball champions opened a new season this weekend with decisive victories.
Two-time defending Division I champion Stuttgart had no trouble with visiting divisional rival SHAPE, earning a 40-15 victory Friday and a 34-12 win Saturday.
Lead guard Adan Maher scored a combined 19 points for the Panthers, while Skye DaSilva-Mathis scored seven in each game. Stuttgart’s defense forced a combined 31 steals in the latter game, led by an eight-steal outing by Liv Sullens.
Division II dynasty Black Forest Academy strolled through its opening-weekend set against the Division III Baumholder Bucs, winning Friday and Saturday by respective scores of 50-13 and 50-14. Kennedy Wilbanks poured in 50 total points on the weekend.
Small-school standard-setter Sigonella, meanwhile, opened its season with emphatic 54-24 and 61-25 routs of Division I visitor Vicenza. Averi Chandler totaled 49 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists on the weekend, while Jessica Jacobs posted a combined 33 points and 27 steals.
Alconbury 42/26, Spangdahlem 28/27: At Alconbury, the visiting Sentinels made their Division III debut with a competitive doubleheader split with the Dragons.
Alconbury took a double-digit decision on Friday behind a triple-double from Alynna Palacios, who totaled 16 points, 12 steals and 10 rebounds. Kira Thorne added a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Izzy Smith posted a double-double of her own, including a game-high 12 points and 10 rebounds, to draw the Sentinels even on Saturday.
Spangdahlem, a former Division II powerhouse, was reassigned to Division III this fall due to a drop in student population.
Elsewhere in Division III, visiting Brussels edged host Hohenfels 31-28 on Saturday as part of a multiple-team gathering in Bavaria. Nina Duvnjak scored 23 points for the Brigands. Division II AFNORTH beat Hohenfels 42-28 later Saturday behind a 17-point, five-assist effort from Victoria Morris.
Kaiserslautern 43, Vilseck 40: Saturday at Vilseck, the visiting Raiders outdueled the host Falcons.
Emajanae Hawkins scored 18 points and Le’Jhanique Brown added 17 to lead the Raiders to the win, offsetting a 15-point, 18-rebound double-double by Vilseck’s Tedeja Marshall and a 16-point, nine-rebound effort from Rebekah Heckert.
Vilseck’s heavy early-season schedule continues next weekend with a trip to Vicenza for a four-team Division I meet. Kaiserslautern is idle until after the holiday break.
Naples 46/41, Lakenheath 24/25: At Naples, the Wildcats welcomed their well-traveled visitors with a decisive doubleheader sweep.
Roxanne Sasse scored 39 combined points and amassed 20 steals over the two double-digit wins. Mia Rawlins grabbed 20 total rebounds, including 12 on Saturday to go with nine steals, to lead the Wildcats on the boards.
Lakenheath’s Serephina Raas scored 18 of her 26 points on the weekend in Saturday’s second game.
Naples will join Vilseck and reigning champion Stuttgart for the Division I gathering in Vicenza next weekend, while Lakenheath stays home for a doubleheader against Wiesbaden.
Ansbach 76, Brussels 12: Friday at Ansbach, the Cougars pressed their way to a 34-2 first-quarter lead and 61-6 halftime lead before pulling back and cruising to an overwhelming opening win.
Ogden Andrew scored 20 points, Matayo Kabuye posted a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double and Kevin Kamara contributed 10 points and nine boards for the Cougars. Rovic Denuna kept the Ansbach offense moving with 15 assists.
Ansbach can further elevate its small-school standing this weekend as it hosts a four-team Division III meet featuring Spangdahlem, Hohenfels and reigning champion Baumholder.
Vicenza 58/63, Sigonella 16/30: At Sigonella, the Division I Cougars easily subdued the Division III Jaguars.
Vicenza built a 27-5 lead through Friday’s first quarter, then shook off a Sigonella upset bid Saturday with a 22-7 second-quarter edge.
The Cougars play host to Naples, Stuttgart and Vilseck next weekend, while Sigonella visits Division II Aviano.
Kaiserslautern 51, Vilseck 46: Saturday at Vilseck, the returning Division I runner-up earned a gritty opening win.
The visiting Raiders steadily clawed back from an early 21-9 deficit, holding the Falcons to two points in the second quarter and pulling ahead with a 20-9 rally in the third quarter.
Isaak Pacheco and Tre Dotson scored 15 points apiece for Kaiserslautern, while Xxavier Bynes scored a game-high 21 for Vilseck.