Everyone appears to have shot in large-school race
The final pre-holiday weekend of DODDS-Europe Division I girls basketball didn’t produce a clear favorite. What it did produce was a string of close, hard-fought games and a deep six-team field of potential champions.Ramstein 33/36, Lakenheath 22/41: At Lakenheath, the Royals and Lancers battled to a Friday-Saturday standoff. Visiting Ramstein landed the first blow Friday with a double-digit victory paced by a 16-point effort from point guard Desiree Palacios. Lindsey Breton grabbed 11 rebounds and Katherine Enyeart collected 10 to pace the Royals on the boards and offset a strong 12-point, 16-rebound effort from Lancer post Jourdan Hodge. In response, Hodge elevated her game even further. The senior stockpiled 25 points and 22 rebounds as the Lancers fought off the Royals in two overtimes. All told, Hodge scored 37 of her team’s 63 points over the weekend. The split removes both teams from the ranks of the undefeated; each will take a 3-1 record into the holiday break. Wiesbaden 49/45, Vilseck 24/39: At Vilseck, the Warriors survived a Saturday scare from the host Falcons to emerge as the last undefeated girls team in Division I. Coming off an emotional win over Kaiserslautern in which they avenged their loss in last year’s European title game, the favored Warriors blasted the home team Friday night with a decisive 25-point romp. But the improved Falcons were undeterred. Prolific guard China Sumpter piled up 26 points and 12 rebounds as her team shook off a 12-point lead through three quarters and staged a fourth-quarter rally. Wiesbaden, led by a 10-point, 12-rebound effort from Catherine Klein, held on to improve to 4-0. Wiesbaden now has a month to rest on its unbeaten record; the Warriors’ next games are Jan. 17-18 against Black Forest Academy.Kaiserslautern 48/26, Patch 46/22: The evenly-matched Division I weekend continued at Stuttgart, Germany, as the defending champion Raiders swept the Panthers by a combined six points. The Panthers forced overtime on Friday by overcoming a six-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. The Raiders flipped that script Saturday, outscoring the home team 7-2 to fend off another upset bid. Johanna Quinn notched a combined 21 points and 20 rebounds for the Raiders, who improve to 2-1 after a season-opening loss to Wiesbaden on Dec. 7. The team has already played two overtime games, with a win and a loss. Patch’s Rebecca Hess scored 21 points Friday and 12 more Saturday to lead all scorers. The games were the first of the Panthers’ season and their last until hosting Vilseck on Jan. 10-11.International School of Brussels 33/24, AFNORTH 16/28: The Raiders and Lions split a home-and-home weekend series, with each team winning on its home floor. Friday at Brussels, ISB sprinted out to a 16-0 lead through the first quarter and coasted to the win. Kelsey Adamitis scored a game-high 12 points for the Raiders. The Lions retaliated in Brunssum, Netherlands, on Saturday, blitzing their guests with a 12-4 third-quarter advantage. Jena Solorzano scored eight points and swiped five steals for AFNORTH.Ansbach 40, Schweinfurt/Bamberg 39: Friday at Schweinfurt, the home team nearly pulled off an epic comeback before succumbing to their Division II rival. The Cougars built a 16-6 lead through the first quarter and a 29-14 edge at the half before the combined Schweinfurt-Bamberg squad got rolling. A 25-point second-half effort came up a single point short of forcing an extra session. Damonique Lamons of Schweinfurt-Bamberg led all scorers with 29 points and all rebounders with 11. Jahkya Smith and Alyssa Solis notched 10 points each for Ansbach.Brussels 34/32, Alconbury 11/15: At Brussels, the defending Division III champions recorded a pair of convincing wins. The sturdy Brigand defense held the Dragons to five points or fewer in all eight quarters with recording four double-digit quarters of their own. Ali DeFazio scored in double digits on both occasions with 14 and 10-point efforts, while Teodora Vasileva grabbed 13 rebounds in each game.Bitburg 37/57, Baumholder 20/20: The Barons claimed both halves on a home-and-home Division II doubleheader. Alexa Landenberger performed the offensive heavy lifting for Bitburg, scoring 16 points Friday and 18 the next day. Isabella Madamba posted a 14-point, 12-rebound, seven-assist stat line Saturday, while teammate Saoirse Matthews notched her own double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.Aviano 43/44, AOSR 14/30: At Rome, the Saints had no trouble in a Friday-Saturday sweep. Jasmine Cole produced a combined 19 points and 22 rebounds and Jasmine Green poured in 22 points on Saturday to fuel the pair of victories.St. Aidans 34, Menwith Hill 20: Friday at Menwith Hill, the Mustangs took a loss to non-DODDS opponent despite a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double from Ramie Ogea.