Girls basketball roundup
Wiesbaden drops Ktown from ranks of unbeaten
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 2, 2013
DODDS-Europe’s last undefeated team has fallen.
Kaiserslautern suffered its first girls basketball loss of the season Friday at Wiesbaden, dropping a 38-34 decision to its Division I rival and ending a season-long eight-game winning streak.
The Warriors win pulls them ahead of the Red Raiders in the Region II race. Wiesbaden remains undefeated in five regional games while Kaiserslautern falls to 5-1. The teams own matching 8-1 overall records.
A diverse Warriors offense was enough to draw the Red Raiders back into the Division I scrum Friday.
Seven Wiesbaden players scored between three points and the eight points produced by Cierra Martin, with five scorers accounting for exactly five points apiece.
Teranda Dunlap was the game’s only double-digit scorer with 11 points for the Red Raiders.
The teams will play again Feb. 12 at Kaiserslautern.
Hohenfels 38, Schweinfurt 23: Friday at Hohenfels, the Tigers built an 11-point halftime lead and cruised to victory.
Tashia Golson had 17 points and 9 rebounds as Hohenfels beat its Region III rival for the second time in two weeks. The Tigers took a 38-36 decision Jan. 19.
A dark-horse Division II contender in the upcoming European championships, Hohenfels will take a 7-5 record into its final regular-season games, a home-and-home set with Bamberg next weekend.
Ansbach 48, Vilseck 35: A stout Cougars defense held the visitors to seven first-half points in a convincing Region III win Friday.
Ansbach held the Falcons to just one point in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Alyssa Solis led all rebounders with 21, while Jahkya Smith contributed a substantial 12-point, 15-rebound double-double.
Heidelberg 37, Patch 35: Friday at Patch, the defending Division I champions proved they’re not to be overlooked as the postseason nears.
Senior Emma Roberts had 14 points and eight rebounds and Romina Fears added eight points and nine rebounds as the Lions knocked off the Region III rival Panthers for the second time in three days. Heidelberg won 41-36 on its home court Tuesday.
The Lions visit Ramstein on Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s Division I European championship game.
Aviano 45, Naples 42: Saturday at Aviano, the Saints edged the Wildcats to earn a weekend split with their Region IV foe.
A day after Naples took a 50-45 win, Aviano responded with a well-rounded effort fueled by Kyerha Smith and Jasmine Green, who had 18 points apiece.
Aviano improved to 4-4 after starting its season 1-3. Laneisha Jeans had 13 points to lead Naples.
AOSR 27/45, Sigonella 25/46: An unusual doubleheader left both Region IV contenders with a win and a loss on the weekend.
The Friday-Saturday set at Rome started with a low-scoring duel in which AOSR’s 10-point first quarter represented the height of offensive firepower. Bianca Oetiker made six of eight free throw attempts in the final quarter to finish off a game-high 16-point effort and a Falcon victory.
Oetiker and teammate Ceara Lafferty fouled out in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s rematch, clearing the way for an explosive 20-7 fourth-quarter Sigonella rally. Italia Jones scored 12 of her 18 points in the final eight minutes, while Oetiker scored 22 points in her truncated afternoon.
Bitburg 39/33, Black Forest Academy 34/23: At Bitburg, the Barons outlasted two days worth of BFA challenges.
Michelle Morrison scored 12 points in each game to pace Bitburg, whose 6-4 record includes respectable losses to Division I opponents Ramstein, Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden. The Barons improved to 6-0 against Division II and III opponents.
A rematch Friday at Kaiserlautern and a Feb. 15 and 16 trip to Division II rival SHAPE rounds out the Bitburg regular season.
Vicenza 35/31, Marymount 23/9: The Cougars handled the visiting Lions with ease on Friday and Saturday.
A balanced Vicenza attack withstood a breakout scoring effort from MMI’s Lori Nsimpasi, who scored 21 of her team’s 23 points on Friday. The Cougars focused their defensive efforts on Nsimpasi the next day, holding her to seven points and her team to nine.
SHAPE 44, AFNORTH 41: Friday at AFNORTH, the defending Division II champion Spartans won a rematch of last season’s European championship game.
Gina Rhett scored 17 points and Meghan Fleet hauled in 10 rebounds to pace SHAPE; Madison Puckett posted a 12-point, 15-rebound double-double for AFNORTH.