Stuttgart gets narrow wins to end regular season on win streak
On the final weekend of the regular season, the defending DODEA-Europe Division I girls basketball champions got a final taste of the challenges that await when the tournament opens Wednesday.
The Stuttgart Panthers survived a late comeback effort to beat the Vilseck Falcons 26-24 on Friday, then completed the sweep with a second-half surge of their own in a 31-23 Saturday win.
Inside-outside tandem Allyson Taylor and Adan Maher led the Panthers to the victories. Taylor totaled 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight steals over the two games; Maher amassed a combined 16 points on the weekend.
Tedeja Marshall led the Falcon resistance, scoring a game-high 18 points along with nine rebounds Friday and tying Taylor with a game-high 12 points Saturday.
Kaiserslautern 31, Wiesbaden 26: Friday at Kaiserslautern, the Raiders ended their regular season with a victory.
Le’Jhanique Brown continued her string of prolific scoring performances with a game-high 14 points for the Raiders, offsetting matching 10-point efforts from Wiesbaden’s Serenity Owens and Corban Jackson.
Kaiserslautern snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, with both of those losses coming last weekend to Stuttgart. The Raiders had won three straight Division I games before those setbacks.
Black Forest 46/37, Ramstein 34/27: At Kandern, Germany, the reigning Division II champion demonstrated its power with a sizeable sweep of a Division I contender.
Three BFA scorers reached double figures in Friday’s runaway win, led by an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double by Grace Wettstone. Post Katie Greathouse knocked down a pair of three-pointers to highlight her 10-point effort.
Becca Losey produced a 17-point, 19-rebound double-double to headline Saturday’s Falcon encore.
Rota 37/42, Marymount 31/12: At Rota, the Admirals recorded Thursday and Friday wins over their visiting Division II opponents.
Nina Furner scored a game-high 13 points in the first game and Laniya Chester totaled 12 points and eight rebounds to help secure the sweep Saturday.
Hohenfels 41/21, Ansbach 39/21: The Division III rivals played to a doubleheader split, with each team winning on its home floor.
A 17-9 Hohenfels run gave the Tigers a two-point victory Friday. Jael Shain scored 14 points and Maddy Black grabbed 12 rebounds for Hohenfels, offsetting the game-high totals of 22 points by Ansbach’s Katelynn Patterson and 14 boards by Ansbach’s Shanice Kamara.
Ansbach recovered Saturday, handing the Tigers their first divisional loss in the process. Patterson produced a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the way.
Elsewhere in Division III, Brussels earned a 28-25 overtime road victory solid Division II squad AFNORTH.