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Wednesday, January 17 High School Sports

Stamford girls top Ludlowe to cap 3-0 basketball week

STAMFORD—It was one of the best Christmas presents they could ask for.

The Stamford High School girls basketball team completed a 3-0 week Friday by holding off stubborn Ludlowe High, 38-33, at Paul Kuczo Memorial gym.

“All three opponents (Trinity Catholic, NFA, Ludlowe) were tough and gave us different types of games,” said Stamford’s veteran coach Diane Burns. “Ludlowe gave us everything they had. They played with such intensity.”

Ludlowe (1-3, 0-3 FCIAC) held Stamford scoreless for more than seven minutes to lead 8-3 after one period. The Falcons still led 17-12 at halftime.

In the second half, Stamford’s pressure defense and height, physicality and wingspan on the baseline took their toll.

The Black Knights (3-0, 2-0 FCIAC) made four of their six 3-pointers down the stretch. Brooke Kelly (game-high 13 points) and Alexa Kellner (10 points) hit trifectas for a 28-21 SHS edge with 6:45 to go that Ludlowe could not overcome.

NOBODY OUTWORKS LUDLOWE

Ludlowe, which has four seniors, four freshmen and two sets of sisters on its roster, fought valiantly.

The Falcons got precious few easy baskets as 6-foot-plus forwards Kellner and Andrea O’Connor (12 rebounds) posted a number of blocks.

Megan Landsiedel (six steals) and Kelly (five steals) were effective in Stamford’s fullcourt pressure defense.

Freshman Anna Paulmann paced Ludlowe with nine points (six in the second half) while senior Amanda Schramm (seven rebounds, five steals) had five of her seven points by intermission.

The Falcons were three of six from the foul line compared to 6 of 13 for Stamford.

“Our offensive mistakes hurt. But our defense was very solid despite Stamford’s size edge,” said Ludlowe coach Sara Kinsley. “We’ll keep working to deal with opponent’s fullcourt pressure. The mental mistakes hurt us.”

STEP BY STEP FOR STAMFORD’S OFFENSE

Playing two contests in the 40s and one in the 30s hasn’t been Stamford’s usual modus operandi the past few seasons.

The Black Knights have two potential point guards (Kelly, Landsiedel) together on the court this season.

“Megan takes a lot off my plate when she’s ballhandling or running the attack,” Kelly said. “I like being part of the scoring offense. I like spending time on the wing. Although all five starters are returnees, we’re all still adjusting to our changing roles. When you play a scrappy team like Ludlowe, the little things are important all 32 minutes. Our offense will get more balance as we go along.”

QUOTABLE

“When our rotation is there, we can play tough defense. Our communication will improve. But it’s exciting to see when it’s done correctly,” Stamford’s Burns said. “Offensively, we’re not there yet. The good news is it’s been different people stepping up each game. Chemistry is still a process.”

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rdepreta@stamfordadvocate.com

STAMFORD 38, LUDLOWE 33

LUDLOWE (1-3, 0-3 FCIAC)

Bridget O’Leary 1 0-0 2 Bridget Paulmann 1 2-2 5 Erin O’Leary 1 0-0 2 Paige O’Connell 1 0-0 2 Amanda Schramm 3 1-4 7 Ira Boci 0 0-0 0 Juliet Bucher 0 0-0 0 Callie Cirilli 1 0-0 3 Emma Torello 1 0-0 3 Anna Paulmann 4 0-0 9. Totals: 13 3-6 33.

STAMFORD (3-0, 2-0 FCIAC)

Alexa Kellner 3 2-2 10 Andrea O’Connor 2 1-2 5 Megan Landsiedel 2 1-4 5 Brooke Kelly 4 2-2 13 Kelly Jagodzinski 2 0-3 5 Jessica Nelson 0 0-0 0 Claudia Moses 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6-13 38.

LUDLOWE 8 9 4 12—33

STAMFORD 3 9 13 13—38

3-Pointers: L—B. Paulmann, Cirilli, Torello, A. Paulmann. S—Kellner 2, Kelly 3, Jagodzinski. Fouled Out: L—E. O’Leary. Highlights: L—B. Paulmann had five rebounds. Schramm had seven rebounds and five steals. S—O’Connor had 12 rebounds. Landsiedel had six steals. Kelly had five steals.

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