Naples, Aviano girls still on course
The Naples and Aviano girls, who have battled each other all season for regular-season and Mediterranean tournament titles, stayed on a collision course with easy victories on Friday and Saturday that improved both teams’ records to 8-0.
Aviano sweeps Livorno
AVIANO AB, Italy — The Saints won 52-12 and 46-6 in their first home games of the season.
Aviano opened the season with two huge victories at the American Overseas School of Rome, and the Saints followed with mercy rule sweeps at Marymount and Milan.
Next up is stiffer competition. Aviano hosts Vicenza on Friday and Saturday, then travels to Naples on Jan. 30-31.
Aviano’s Natalie Smith scored 12 points on Friday and 15 on Saturday.
Four Livorno players each scored three-pointers on Friday.
Naples batters AOSR
NAPLES, Italy — Naples shut down visiting American Overseas School of Rome 59-19 on Friday and 54-13 on Saturday behind the sizzling play of Renna Damon, Michelle Aguila and Lyndsey Bearer.
On Friday, Damon had 23 points, nine rebounds, six steals and five assists; Aguila had 11 points, 4 steals and 4 assists; and Bearer had 10 points, seven steals and four assists.
Saturday’s numbers were 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals for Bearer; 11 points and 10 rebounds for Damon; and six points and six assists for Aguila.
Heidelberg girls stay perfect
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Point guard Grethel Frias-Merritt kept the Lady Lions unbeaten when she made two straight steals in the final two minutes and turned them into layups to give Heidelberg a 36-34 victory over International School of Brussels.
On Saturday, Frias-Merritt scored 16 points as Heidelberg won 43-32 to improve to 9-0 (7-0 in Div. I).
RAMSTEIN AB, Germany — April Brown scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Racquel McCullom added 14 points Friday as the Lady Royals rebounded from their 44-41 upset at Heidelberg on Jan. 9 with a 45-25 victory over Wiesbaden.
AFNORTH keeps momentum
MANNHEIM, Germany — Laura Rivera scored 24 points on Friday and 23 on Saturday as the Lions (3-3) built on their upset of defending European Division II champion Bitburg last weekend with 53-49 and 51-44 victories at Mannheim (0-6).
Rivera was 12-for-15 from the free throw line on Saturday.
Bitburg gets back on track
BITBURG AB, Germany — Nadia Parker and Carletta Hernandez took turns carving up winless SHAPE as the defending European Division II champs rebounded from last week’s upset at AFNORTH.
Parker had 31 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and four steals as Bitburg won 58-31 on Friday.
On Saturday, Parker had 16 points and nine rebounds and Hernandez 18 points five rebounds, four steals and three assists in a 55-21 win for the Lady Barons (5-1).
Baumholder gets even
GIESSEN, Germany — The defending European Division III champions evened their season record (3-3) with a sweep at Giessen, 51-25 on Friday and 51-22 on Saturday.
Tiffany Mack and Tiffany Brown scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, on Friday; Jessica Madison led Saturday’s scoring with 10 points.