After running into the Patch Lady Panther buzz-saw tandem of Janelle Loney and Bianca Lopez, the Vilseck Lady Falcons might be forgiven for wishing they had stuck with their original schedule as the high schools resumed their 2010-11 basketball season.
With both schools scheduled to be idle this weekend, Vilseck and Patch elected to move up their Region III games scheduled for Jan. 21-22 to allow Vilseck to make up its snowed-out games that weekend against Hohenfels. The move resulted in 62-18 and 52-37 Patch victories on Friday and Saturday.
Both were indelibly stamped by Loney and Lopez. The two multisport All-Europeans combined for 55 points Friday and 38 Saturday.
Lopez tallied 22 points Friday, according to coach John Kohut, supplementing her scoring with eight assists. Loney tallied 33 points in that one, along with handing out six assists and pulling down four rebounds.
Saturday, Loney poured in 25 and Lopez 13 as Patch rode the star duo to a 2-0 regional mark going into this weekend’s Region III games at Bamberg. The Lady Panthers are 3-1 overall.
Vilseck fell to 0-4 overall and in Region III. The Lady Falcons are scheduled to be off this weekend before playing home-and-home games the following Friday and Saturday against Hohenfels.
In other girls’ games of note:
Menwith Hill 42, ACS-Hillingdon 32: Saturday at Hillingdon, England, Monique McCreary scored 16 points, and Kaia Pierce added 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Mustangs advanced to 3-1 overall.
According to Menwith Hill coach Kate Ojeda, all 12 Lady Mustangs got significant playing time. Ojeda said Menwith Hill led 38-16 after three quarters when she elected to pull her starters, even though the American Community School’s Hillingdon branch kept its first-teamers on the floor.
The victory allowed Menwith Hill to complete a weekend sweep of American Community schools. Friday, the Lady Mustangs turned back the American Community School of Egham 34-15 at Hillingdon.
Hohenfels 28, Mannheim 20: On Saturday, less than 24 hours after breaking their season-long, weather-induced basketball fast, the Lady Tigers earned their first victory behind a 12-0 third-quarter run at home.
Tashia Golson scored eight points and made four steals for Hohenfels (1-1), which saw the 2010 portion of its schedule lost to the weather.
“We didn’t even get to play that much against ourselves,” Hohenfels athletic director Kathlene Clemmons said by telephone Saturday. “School was closed a lot of the time and the late bus often was canceled.”
Mannheim (2-2) won Friday’s game 33-11 behind Gretchen Crockett’s game-high 11 points.
Kaiserslautern 45, SHAPE 25: Saturday at Mons, Belgium, Medina Gregory and All-European Cariema Wood each scored 10 points in a non-regional game. The game was tied at 18 at halftime before the Kaiserlautern defense took over, shutting out their hosts in the third quarter.
SHAPE’s Gina Rhett led all scorers with 11 points, according to SHAPE coach Sam Ochinang.