Saints and Falcons split in a weekend full of sweeps
Closely contested small-school matchups in Italy and the Benelux were highlights of the weekend in DODEA-Europe girls basketball as the season drew to within a month of the upcoming European championship tournaments.
AOSR 34/29, Aviano 33/34: At Aviano, the divisional and regional rivals played to a competitive doubleheader split.
The visiting Falcons took Friday’s opener with a second-half push that erased an eight-point halftime lead for the home team.
Aviano avoided the sweep Saturday with a 14-4 fourth-quarter rally to claim a five-point win and salvage a split.
Keyona Williams scored 27 combined points for Aviano.
AFNORTH 36/24, Spangdahlem 33/22: The Lions claimed narrow victories in each half of a home-and-home doubleheader.
AFNORTH’s Ashley Bailey scored 18 points in Friday’s three-point win at Spangdahlem, added eight on Saturday in a two-point home-court victory. Isabella Smith led the Sentinels with a total of 17 points over the weekend.
Naples 62, Vicenza 22: Friday at Naples, the host Wildcats throttled the rival Cougars. Naples allowed no more than seven points in any of four dominant quarters and used a 25-4 second-quarter onslaught to put the visitors away for good.
The Wildcats got standout individual performances from several players. Roxanne Sasse added nine rebounds and five steals to a game-high 21-point scoring effort, Victoria Sasse totaled eight points, eight steals and five rebounds and Mia Rawlins produced 14 points and six rebounds.
Vicenza rebounded for a 43-18 defeat of Rota on Saturday. Brealin Redecker scored 21 points in the blowout, adding to the 16 points she scored against Naples a day prior.
Sigonella 52/58, Marymount 9/16: At Sigonella, the reigning Division III champs had no trouble with their Division II visitors.
Averi Chandler totaled 32 points over the two games, while Jessica Jacobs totaled 22 and D’Anna Holland totaled 21 in a balanced Sigonella attack.
Sigonella is idle next weekend but will then face one of its toughest opponents of the year in returning Division I runner-up Naples on Feb. 8-9.