There's good news and bad news for several squads
Doubleheader splits were the theme of the weekend as the 2019 portion of the DODEA-Europe girls basketball season opened Friday and Saturday.
Kaiserslautern 48/38, Black Forest 30/48: At Kandern, Germany, the reigning Division II champion Falcons played the visiting Raiders to a split.
Kaiserslautern outscored its hosts 17-4 in the first quarter and 29-10 in the first half on the way to a runaway Friday win. Le’Jhanique Brown scored a game-high 16 points and added seven rebounds and three steals for the Raiders.
BFA avoided an early deficit Saturday, taking an 18-15 lead into halftime and forcing the issue with a third-quarter push. Kennedy Wilbanks scored 16 points and Becca Losey added 13 for the Falcons.
Marymount 27/32, Aviano 23/40: At Aviano, the Italian Division II rivals each came away with a win and a loss.
The visiting Royals took Friday’s opener, handing the Saints their first loss of the season in the process. Aviano bounced back Saturday with an eight-point victory; five Saints scored at least five points in the win, led by Alyssa Resch with 10.
Baumholder 18/13, Brussels 16/17: At Baumholder, the Division III foes played to a draw.
The Bucs took Friday’s opener behind a third-quarter surge that put the home team up by six entering the fourth quarter. Lydia Coyour totaled seven points and nine rebounds in the win.
Brussels responded Saturday behind Jewels Friedhoff, who scored a team-high six points and led all rebounders with 17.
Alconbury dominates small-school meet: The Dragons earned three victories in as many games at the Spangdahlem-hosted three-school event.
Alynna Palacios scored a combined 22 points and Kira Thorne totaled 21 in Alconbury’s pair of Friday wins, a 31-22 defeat of Hohenfels and a 31-28 decision over the host Sentinels. Palacios went off for 23 on Saturday, outscoring Hohenfels herself in a 45-19 Alconbury rout.
Palacios totaled 29 rebounds and 19 steals over the three weekend games.
A scheduled Saturday game between Spangdahlem and Hohenfels was canceled as the visitors adjusted their travel plans to avoid worsening winter weather.
Stuttgart 23, Vilseck 7: Saturday at Stuttgart, the reigning Division I champions snuffed out the visiting Falcons.
Adan Maher paced the Stuttgart offense with 12 points, while the Panther defense held Vilseck scoreless in two separate quarters. Carly Sharp and Skye DaSilva Mathis each grabbed six rebounds to pace Stuttgart on the boards.
Tedeja Marshall grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for Vilseck.
The matchup was scheduled as a conventional Friday-Saturday doubleheader, but Friday’s game was canceled due to inclement weather and resulting travel concerns.
AFNORTH 38/22, Ansbach 25/2: At Brunssum, Netherlands, the host Lions dispatched the Cougars in pair of double-digit decisions.
Ashley Bailey was dominant throughout the weekend, posting a 22-point, 17-rebound double-double Friday and adding 12 points and eight rebounds on Saturday. Josie Bosch scored a combined 19 points over the two games.