European H.S. girls basketball roundup: Five teams sweep doubleheaders to go into holiday break unbeaten
Two girls teams in Italy and three in Germany entered the holiday break undefeated by picking up victories Friday and Saturday.
In Italy, Aviano and American Overseas School of Rome swept Friday-Saturday series to go 4-0. In Germany, defending European Division I champion Kaierslautern improved to 3-0 with a 41-25 defeat of visiting Mannheim, last season’s European D-II champ. Defending D-III champ Baumholder and D-I contender Ramstein also will be unbeaten going into 2009.
Aviano 54-40, Milan 24-24: At Milan, Aviano breezed behind 17 points from All-European Alyssa Lane on Friday and 17 from Emily Cartwright on Saturday when Lane missed the game because of college testing.
The Saints, who according to their coach, Greg Mead, shot 68 percent from the floor Friday, are tied for the American Schools in Italy League lead with the AOSR. The two play Jan. 9-10 at Aviano, the next games for both.
AOSR 38-30, Sigonella 37-23: In Rome, Martina Mannozzi and Lisa Bergusch led the scoring Friday as AOSR rallied from a 30-26 deficit at the end of three quarters. On Saturday, Claire Abbadi scored 14 points as AOSR again pulled away in the fourth period for the victory.
Baumholder 52-52, Wiesbaden 37-51: In a home-and-home matchup, All-Europe sophomore guard Elizabeth Styles made the difference both days for Baumholder.
Friday at home, Styles scored 20 points and stole the ball five times. Saturday at Wiesbaden, she scored 15 points and came up with 11 steals. According to Wiesbaden coach Jim Campbell, her two free throws with 4.2 seconds to play pulled out the Baumholder victory.
Kaiserslautern 41, Mannheim 25: Friday at Mannheim, All-European Latanya Wilson scored 12 points and Barbara Burriss contributed eight points and seven rebounds to keep the Lady Raiders perfect.
Ramstein 21-26, Ansbach 17-22: Friday and Saturday at Ansbach, it was Lataiya Harrison and Nine Checotah who kept the Lady Royals perfect for December. Harrison had eight points and eight rebounds on Friday, while Checotah chalked up seven and nine, respectively.
On Saturday, it was Checotah’s turn to post eight of each, while Harrison scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Patch 60-66, Hohenfels 33-32: Friday and Saturday at Stuttgart, Janelle Loney kept up her double-figure December scoring pace with 10- and 26-point outings as the Lady Panthers closed December at 3-1.
Loney scored 12 points in a 44-42 loss at Wiesbaden on Dec. 5, then struck for 27 the next day in a 65-45 conquest of visiting Bitburg. She sank six three-pointers in that game.
Menwith Hill 23-17, Brussels 20-23: The Division IV schools split Friday and Saturday at Brussels.
On Friday, Jasmine Clear banked home what Brussels coach Dexter Bohn said was a 30-footer to lift the Mustangs with eight seconds left in overtime. Saturday, Brussels’ Kathleen Anderson scored 12 points to help the Lady Brigands gain the split.