Wiesbaden girls win back-to-back titles
The Lady Warriors were gunning for their third stash of gold — and they got it.
Harnessing the experience and grit from last year’s four veteran champions, they held off a hungry rival Ramstein team to emerge victorious for their third title at the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe Basketball Championships. (They also won in 2010 and 2014). The win capped off an undefeated tournament record and was icing on the cake to their 13-1 regular season record,
“I had girls who had goals and they worked really hard throughout the season. We’ve got some good senior leadership on the team. They’re a hard-working, hard-playing team, and one of the best defensive teams I’ve had,” said Coach Jim Campbell. “Defense wins championships.”
Catherine Klein was honored as Most Valuable Player for the tournament, and Cierra Martin and Rebecca Russell were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
“I have had the honor of coaching some of them for all four years of their high school career and they are such hard-working scholar-athletes,” added assistant coach Tonya Bullock. “They exemplify what it means to play as a team and leave it all out on the court. [I’m] so proud of the Lady Warriors basketball team.”
With five seniors leaving, Campbell said the team is prepared to make up for the loss of seasoned leadership.
“We have some up-and-coming juniors who realize they are going to have to step up and lead another championship [run],” he said.