Ramstein, Stuttgart pick up where they left off
Returning Division I finalists Stuttgart and Ramstein resumed their winning ways over the weekend, opening the 2019-20 DODEA-Europe girls basketball schedule with a pair of lopsided wins apiece.
Stuttgart 49/36, Black Forest 10/22: At Kandern, Germany, the defending Division I champion Panthers offered the former Division II dynasty a harsh welcome to the large-school ranks.
Frontcourt standout Skye DaSilva-Mathis led Stuttgart in both games, producing 11 points and six rebounds Friday and 11 points and seven rebounds Saturday. Rachel Baker added 10 points Friday and Victoria Antoine totaled five steals and four assists on Saturday.
Division II stalwart BFA was moved to Division I last summer as part of a DODEA-Europe divisional realignment meant to cut back on travel time.
Ramstein 37, SHAPE 32: Saturday at Ramstein, the Royals held off a strong Division I contender.
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 29 before the home team finished strong for the win.
Linda Naglack produced a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Ramstein, while Alexis Tri contributed seven points and seven rebounds. Gabi Shultz scored 10 for the Spartans.
Both teams came into the game after momentum-building Friday victories. The Spartans outlasted Kaiserslautern 45-40, while Ramstein routed Lakenheath 47-8 behind a monster 18-point, 15-rebound effort from Alayna Potter.
Wiesbaden, Kaiserslautern win big: The homestanding Warriors and Raiders enjoyed mercy-rule triumphs over the weekend.
Wiesbaden routed Division III Baumholder 46-7 on Friday behind 14 points from Catianna Binyard-Turner and a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double by Alynna Palacios.
Kaiserslautern handled Division I rival Lakenheath 47-8 on Saturday, led by 18 points from Audrey Elisondo and 17 by Rebecca Moon. The win evened the Raiders’ record to 1-1 on the season.
Brussels 28/33, Hohenfels 22/27: At Brussels, the Brigands gritted out a pair of tough divisional wins over the visiting Tigers.
Brussels built big early leads on both occasions, cushions that would prove necessary as Hohenfels steadily clawed back. The Brigands led 10-3 through one quarter Friday and 10-2 at the same juncture Saturday and did enough down the stretch to make each advantage hold up.
Olivia Friedhoff paced the Brigands with 10 points and five rebounds on Friday, while Nina Duvnjak poured in a game-high 19 points on Saturday. Hohenfels star June Smith totaled 37 points over the two games, including 23 of her team’s 27 points Saturday.
Aviano 50/47, Sigonella 22/5: At Sigonella, the Saints marched all over the host Jaguars.
Mikyla Harkley reached double digits in both games, scoring 12 on Friday and a game-high 14 on Saturday. Jasmine Vasquez led all scorers with 15 on Friday.
Naples 64/41, Marymount 23/18: At Naples, the Wildcats secured a Division II sweep.
Roxanne Sasse starred for the home team with 22 points and six rebounds Friday and a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double on Saturday. Mia Rawlins totaled 25 points and 10 rebounds over the two games.
Elsewhere in Division II, Vicenza completed a weekend sweep of American Overseas School of Rome with a 55-27 victory Saturday. Claire Troiano totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Cougars.
Spangdahlem 31/52, AFNORTH 14/22: At Brunssum, Netherlands, the Sentinels overpowered their new Division III rivals.
Izzy Smith totaled 22 points and 12 blocks over the two games and posted an 11-point, 18-rebound double-double in Friday’s victory. Lorelai Vargo scored 28 points to lead Saturday’s Sentinel win.
AFNORTH was realigned from Division II to Division III over the summer, roughly a year after Spangdahlem made the same transition.