It's getting crowded at the top - and staying that way.
The Lakenheath Lancers, Ramstein Royals and Vicenza Cougars maintained their undefeated records in emphatic fashion over the weekend, further establishing themselves as the Division I teams to beat entering the final month of regular season action.
Lakenheath 42/46, SHAPE 25/26: At Mons, Belgium, the Lancers improved to 4-0 in DODDS-Europe play by twice blasting the Division I rival Spartans.
Lilli Estus and Reese Estus carried Lakenheath to the sweep. Lilli Estus poured in 25 points Friday, while Reese Estus notched consecutive double-doubles of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Begona Rodriguez Bravo provided substantial resistance for the Spartans with back-to-back 19-point scoring efforts.
Ramstein 51/47, Stuttgart 30/34: At Stuttgart, the Royals moved to 5-0 on the year with their fourth and fifth blowout wins of the year.
Lindsey Breton had a 12-point, 16-rebound double-double to pace Ramstein on Friday. Bella Rodriguez joined her in double figures with 10 points, while Amethyst Rorie had 14 boards in the win.
Two different Royals reached double digits Saturday as Ashley Mateo scored 12 and Ebony Madrid added 10. Breton and Rorie collected 10 rebounds apiece.
Abby Zipperer was a standout for the Panthers, scoring 10 points in each game and grabbing 15 combined rebounds.
Vicenza 44/37, Marymount 2/5: At Rome, the Cougars thoroughly squashed the overmatched home team to improve to 6-0.
The Cougars, an experienced Division I contender boosted by the arrival of freshman star Jordan Wakefield, have yet to be even moderately challenged in a dominant season to date. Tiny Florence takes its shot next weekend before Vicenza faces its toughest test Jan. 29-30 as Vilseck and Stuttgart make the trip down from Germany.
Bitburg 54/52, Hohenfels 15/14: At Spangdahlem, the defending Division II champion Barons dispatched a divisional rival.
Alexa Landenberger and Elise Rasmussen dominated the weekend for the home team. Guard Landenberger had 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and eight steals Friday and 18 points, six assists and four steals Saturday. Rasmussen handled the post with consecutive double-doubles of 10 points and 10 rebounds Friday and 12 points and 11 rebounds Saturday.
Bitburg will place its unbeaten record on the line against Division II archrival Black Forest Academy next weekend.
Baumholder 23/35, AFNORTH 22/30: At Brunssum, Netherlands, the Division III Bucs grinded out an impressive road sweep from the Division II Lions.
A low-scoring Friday opener went down to the wire as the home team clawed into Baumholder's precarious four-point halftime lead. Eliyah Tillman scored nine points and Imaya Sharpe had seven points and 10 rebounds as the Bucs held on for the win.
A similar script played out Saturday as Baumholder built a 12-4 lead through one quarter and narrowly escaped with the win. Sharpe starred again with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Sigonella 29, Aviano 27: Saturday at Aviano, the Jaguars rounded out a weekend sweep of the Saints.
Sigonella jumped out to a 10-2 lead and withstood a fierce Aviano fourth-quarter rally to record the win. The Jaguars won Friday's opener 33-23. Kisiah Chandler had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead Sigonella.
Marika Wojtal (six points, four steals) and Leilani Wojtal (six points, eight rebounds) offered capable support.
Sigonella has won four games since starting the season with a pair of losses to Division I power Vicenza.
American Overseas School of Rome 24/28, Naples 22/30: At Naples, the visiting Falcons played the Wildcats to a weekend draw.
Division II AOSR took the opener despite a two-point first quarter. Anne Blanchette paced the Falcons with seven points.
Division I Naples responded with a two-point win of its own Saturday. Charity Hollingsworth led all scorers with 15 points, while Wildcat teammate Jillian Thurston had eight points, 15 rebounds and four steals.
Kaiserslautern 43/21, Vilseck 42/45: At Kaiserslautern, the host Raiders and Falcons split a weekend doubleheader.
The home team earned a two-point win Friday behind 19 points and nine rebounds from Le'jhanique Brown, just enough to offset an 18-point effort by Vilseck counterpart LaHaina Bell.
The Falcons responded in a big way Saturday, stunning the Raiders with a 24-point rout. Bell led the way with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, aided by Shyanne Hendrix and her 11 points and six rebounds.
Brown was solid again for the Raiders, posting nine points and 13 rebounds.
Suitably enough, both teams emerge from the weekend with matching 3-3 records.
Brussels 21/18, Alconbury 19/16: At Brussels, the Brigands claimed two close decisions from the Division III rival Dragons.
Alconbury outscored Brussels in both of the weekend's fourth quarters, but it wasn't enough to erase its deficit in either case.
Katie Black scored nine points to pace the Brigands on Friday; Maria Vahrenhorst led all scorers with eight in Brussels' win Saturday. Ashley Kjorness totaled eight points on the weekend for the Dragons.