Patch bounced back from a home loss Friday to clinch at least a tie for the Region III crown with a 56-39 girls basketball victory at Heidelberg on Saturday.
All-Europe junior guard Janelle Loney scored 21 points as the Lady Panthers shrugged off Friday’s 47-42 loss to Heidelberg and closed out their regular-season schedule at 12-2 overall and 11-1 in Region III. Loney scored 22 points Friday, but the Lions responded with 17 points from Rebecca Luna, 10 points from Aysa Tucker and 15 rebounds from Star Jones.
Saturday, Luna scored 15 points and Jones 11, but Heidelberg trailed 14-5 after one quarter and 28-15 at the half and never recovered.
Heidelberg (10-2, 9-1) is scheduled to close out the regular season Friday and Saturday at Ansbach, needing a sweep to tie Patch for the regional title. Patch and Heidelberg then move on to the European D-I tournament Feb. 23-26 at Mannheim.
In other girls games of note:
Wiesbaden 31, Kaiserslautern 19: Friday at Wiesbaden, the defending European Division I champion Wiesbaden Lady Warriors bid good-bye to their old school gymnasium by clinching the Region II crown.
All-European LeAndra Thomas scored a game-high 11 points and posted eight rebounds, four steals, four assists and three blocks in Wiesbaden’s sixth straight victory over the Lady Raiders over the past two seasons.
The triumph came in the final game to be played in the school gym, which will be demolished over the summer. Wiesbaden will play in a new school gym next season, according to Lady Warriors coach Jim Campbell.
The victory, greatly abetted by All-European LeAmber Thomas’ nine points, game-high 14 rebounds and four steals, clinched the Region II crown for Wiesbaden and kept the defending champs unbeaten. The Lady Warriors (12-0, 7-0 in Region II) are to close out their regular season Saturday at Mannheim then return to Mannheim the following week for the European D-I tournament.
Kaiserslautern, which got a team-high eight points from its returning All-European, Cariema Wood, fell to 10-2, 6-2. The Lady Raiders are to close out the regular season with Region II games against Ramstein on Tuesday and Friday, then move on to another possible shot at Wiesbaden in the D-I tournament.
Black Forest Academy 37, Bamberg 21: Saturday at Bamberg, the visiting Lady Falcons gave up 44 combined rebounds to a quartet of Lady Barons, but still completed a two-game road sweep to improve to 6-5 overall and 5-5 in Region III.
Natesha Godbee, Juleika Medina, Diandra Quashie and Keaton Poppe each grabbed 11 rebounds Saturday, but the effort wasn’t enough to keep Bamberg from remaining winless. The defending European D-II champs have games Friday and Saturday against 1-11 Hohenfels as their final chance for a regular-season victory.
AFNORTH 46, Lakenheath 20: Saturday at Brunssum, Netherlands, the Lady Lions completed the Region I portion of their schedule at 5-4 behind 14 points from senior Brenda Broadwater and 13 points from her classmate Mercedes Ash.
AFNORTH (8-4 overall), which downed Lakenheath (6-7, 3-3) 41-28 on Friday as Broadwater and Ash struck for 13 and 10 points, respectively, has a non-regional road game Saturday against fellow D-II entry Bitburg left on its regular-season schedule. The Lady Lions are then slated for the European D-II tournament.
Lakenheath’s varsity concluded its regular season. It will in the D-I tournament.
SHAPE 46, Brussels 23: Saturday at Steerebeek, Belgium, Lady Spartans’ scoring ace Gina Rhett burned the Lady Brigands for 25 points to help SHAPE to a 7-7 overall record. The Lady Spartans, 5-3 against Region I teams, are next headed for the D-I tourney in Mannheim.
Defending European D-III champion Brussels (4-10, 4-7) is to close out its regular season against another D-I team, ISB, at home on Thursday, before moving on to the European tournament in Mannheim.