Panthers show little rust in routing Royals
The Stuttgart Panthers are targeting a fourth straight DODEA-Europe Division I girls basketball championship in 2020, and their first games of the year suggest that’s more likely than not to happen.
Stuttgart routed rival Ramstein twice this weekend in a lopsided battle between teams that entered the new year as the last two undefeated teams in the division. The Panthers won 40-19 on Friday and 49-20 on Saturday to claim first place outright.
Skye DaSilva Mathis led the way on both occasions, totaling 25 points, 12 rebounds and 11 steals over the two wins. Liv Sullens produced eight points, four steals and five rebounds Friday and Rachel Baker joined Mathis in double digits Saturday with a 10-point outing.
Kaiserslautern 26/29, Black Forest 13/19: At Kandern, Germany, the visiting Raiders earned a Division I sweep.
Audrey Elisondo paced the visitors to both victories, posting a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double on Friday and producing nine points and nine rebounds Saturday.
Olivia Kruse totaled 17 points on the weekend for Black Forest, a former Division II powerhouse navigating its first year at the Division I level.
Mismatches in Italy: Division II powers Naples, Vicenza and Aviano were all dominant in their weekend doubleheaders.
Naples handled visiting Sigonella 61-20 and 49-10. Mia Rawlins and Serina Alderson tied for game-high honors with 12 points apiece Friday, while Roxanne Sasse totaled 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists Saturday.
Vicenza traveled to Rota and handed its divisional rival 37-11 and 40-9 defeats. Claire Troiano led the way with a 12-point, 11-rebounds double-double Friday and 15 points and seven rebounds Saturday. Troiano also made five steals in each game.
Aviano, meanwhile, throttled visiting Florence 39-0 and 40-14. Mikyla Harkley led the Saints with 19 on Friday, while Allana Vasquez scored a game-high 14 Saturday.
SHAPE 41/56, Brussels 23/30: The Spartans took each half of a home-and-home doubleheader by double-digit margins.
Homestanding SHAPE scored 18 points in the third quarter Friday to pull away from the Brigands. Elena Vascos-Lavere and Gabi Shultz scored 12 points apiece in the victory.
A 19-4 first-quarter run set the pace for Saturday’s sweep-clinching win. Vascos-Lavere and Shultz again led the way with 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Ansbach 53/53, Alconbury 12/19: At Alconbury, the host Cougars picked up two decisive Division III victories.
Ansbach raced out to an 18-0 lead through one quarter on Friday to set the tone for the weekend. A 21-5 run in Saturday’s fourth quarter ended the doubleheader in similar fashion.
Melanie Wetherell-Smith produced an impressive 22-point, 19-rebound double-double on Friday. Heaven Jackson totaled 19 points and seven steals to lead Saturday’s win.