STUTTGART, Germany – Patch earned the first victories of its girls basketball season Friday and Saturday with a pair of hard-fought wins over rival Vilseck. The host Panthers won 41-35 on Friday and 36-29 on Saturday.
After suffering two losses to defending Division I champion Kaiserslautern before the break – losses that came by a combined six points, with one overtime period – the Panthers emerged on the right side of another weekend’s worth of close games.
On Friday, Patch outscored Vilseck 10-1 in the first quarter and shook off a prolonged Vilseck rally to secure its first win. Rebecca Hess added five rebounds and six steals to her game-high 15-point effort, while Treshon Jenkins notched a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Jenkins repeated the feat on Saturday with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers back to .500.
Patch outscored Vilseck by five points in each of the weekend’s fourth quarters.
Vilseck star China Sumpter was valiant in defeat, scoring 14 points Friday and a game-high 22 on Saturday. She also cracked double-figure rebounding on both occasions, grabbing a combined total of 23 on the weekend.
The teams will play again in the final week of the regular season as Patch visits Vilseck on Feb. 14-15.
Ramstein 42/46, Black Forest Academy 37/24: At Ramstein, the Royals scraped out a sweep from a tough Falcons squad.
The visitors hung with the home team throughout Friday’s opener, trailing by five at the half and playing the Royals to a standoff in the second half. Lindsey Breton scored a game-high 16 points and Sofia Dinges added nine points, seven rebounds and eight steals to help Ramstein hold on.
Saturday’s win was more decisive, as the Royals built leads of eight points after one quarter and 19 by halftime. Breton again did the bulk of the damage with a 15-point, 12 rebound double-double.
Katherine Enyeart grabbed 19 rebounds over the two games; Emily Campbell collected a combined nine boards for BFA.
Ramstein resumed its winning ways after ending the pre-holiday portion of its schedule with its first loss of the season, a 41-36 double-overtime loss to Lakenheath. The 5-1 Royals play a home-and-home series with Baumholder next weekend.
Aviano 25, Sigonella 21: Saturday at Aviano, the Saints completed a weekend sweep with a narrow victory.
A day after handling Sigonella 30-14, the Division II Saints struggled to put away their Division III rival. The visiting Jaguars outscored Aviano 13-6 in the second half to hover within range of an upset.
Sigonella drops from the ranks of the unbeaten with the losses, leaving Aviano and Naples as Italy’s dueling 4-0 teams. The two will face off at Naples on Jan. 24 and 25; Sigonella gets its shot at the Wildcats first, hosting Naples next weekend.
Naples 38/43, Marymount 6/13: At Naples, the Wildcats stayed undefeated with a pair of runaway wins.
Keylee Soto and Shanice Alexander scored eight points apiece Friday, while Daria Andrews scored 11 and Abby Lynch added 10 on Saturday. Lynch finished the weekend with 11 combined rebounds.
Naples dipped deep into a productive bench for the wins. Eight Wildcats scored at least two points in each game.
Marymount tries for its first win of the season next weekend at Aviano.
Hohenfels: 35, Ansbach 33: The Tigers built an eight-point halftime lead and withstood a 13-6 fourth-quarter run to edge the homestanding Cougars on Friday. Shelby Atkinson poured in a game-high 21 points in the victory, offsetting a balanced Ansbach offense that saw Gabbi Dore and Jahkya Smith score 10 apiece and Alyssa Solis chip in nine.
Smith posted a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.Kaiserslautern 44, Bitburg 18: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the defending Division I champions had no trouble with the visiting Barons.
Johanna Quinn posted 16 points and seven rebounds for Kaiserslautern, which built a 13-2 lead through one quarter and cruised to the victory. The win was the Raiders’ third straight since an opening-night loss in a championship-game rematch with Wiesbaden. They’ll look to add to that streak Tuesday with a mid-week visit to Baumholder.
Alexa Landenberger and Sydney King each had nine points for the Barons, who visit Ansbach next weekend.
Brussels 38, AFNORTH 31: Saturday at Brussels, the defending Division III champion earned a solid win over a strong Division II program.
Ali DeFazio led all scorers with 22 points for the Brigands, while Ana-Marija Vasileva (10 points, nine rebounds) and Teodora Vasileva (12 rebounds) held down the frontcourt.
Erica Balkcum led AFNORTH with 12 points and Eliska Volencova produced a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
TASIS 39, Lakenheath 28: Saturday at Lakenheath, the Lancers took a loss to their non-DODDS opponent despite a double-double by Jourdan Hodge.
Hodge produced 13 points and 14 rebounds for Lakenheath, which fell to 3-2 on the season.
The Lancers travel to American School of London, another non-DODDS opponent, on Friday; their DODDS schedule resumes Jan. 24-25 with a visit to AFNORTH.