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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Kuczo Memorial Tournament Stamford, Kolbe advance

December 28, 2018

STAMFORD — The Kuczo Memorial Holiday Tournament at Stamford High School has served as a December showcase for girls basketball.

On Thursday night, the Stamford High School and Westhill High School squads showed the crowd at SHS’ Paul Kuczo gym the meaning behind the phrase ‘intracity rivalry.’

Everything was contested over every inch of the historic basketball court for 32 minutes. Stamford did a few more little things than Westhill to earn a 46-36 triumph.

The win means that host Stamford (2-3 overall) will battle Kolbe Cathedral (4-0) on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Kuczo gym for the 2018 Kuczo Tournament title. Kolbe Cathedral downed Scarsdale (N.Y.), 53-36 in Thursday’s opening contest. Westhill and Scarsdale will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game.

SHS ANSWERED THE CHALLENGES

Megan Landsiedel, Stamford’s point guard, continues to be out injured since getting hurt back on December 14 against Trinity Catholic.

Her absence has meant extra roles, extra responsibilities and taking ownership for the nine Black Knight players who saw action Thursday night.

Freshman guard Charlie Karukas (seven points) has had to grow up quickly after conquering Youngtimers youth basketball.

Sophomore forward Emily Graham was tough on the boards, tough on defense in the paint and added two clutch free throws with 1:09 left to settle the issue.

Junior center Dina Merone had 12 points, mainly on offensive putbacks. Junior guard Jessica Nelson scored a game-high 17 points and returned to action after a terrible cramp with 2:02 left to secure the win.

“Battling through adversity. I’m so proud of how everybody stuck together,” Stamford’s veteran coach Diane Burns said. “After our steep graduation losses and having four freshman on the varsity roster, this is valuable experience. Jessica Nelson and Dina Merone. They bring the experience. They bring the calm. They bring the critical leadership we need.”

Stamford led 40-36 with 3:20 left and scored the final six points on free throws. SHS’ defense held Westhill’s Maddy Bautista (four points) and Grace Hansen (no points) in check.

GOOD EFFORT FOR GRITTY WESTHILL

Westhill (2-3) received 12 points from Pewyton Hackett, who was hampered by hand woes in the second half.

Jaedyn Carty added nine points while center Kandese Osborne collected eight points for the Vikings.

“I’m proud of our effort. The girls did a lot of things to create chances on offense,” said Westhill coach Kat Begetis. “Our young group has to keep working to improve our execution and our finishing. Our free-throw shooting (5 of 16) hurt. We took a step in the right direction. Time will shore up our loose ends.”

rdepreta

@Stamfordadvocate.com

STAMFORD 46, WESTHILL 36

WESTHILL (2-3)

Maddy Bautista 2 0-0 4 Peyton Hackett 5 0-0 12 Jaedyn Carty 3 3-4 9 Grace Hansen 0 0-2 0 Kandese Osborne 3 2-10 8 Olivia Conte 0 0-0 0 Caroline Kollar 1 0-0 3 Anna Hansen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 5-16 36.

STAMFORD (2-3)

Jessica Nelson 7 3-6 18 Claudia Moses 0 0-0 0 Emily Graham 1 2-2 4 Dina Merone 6 0-2 12 Charlie Karukas 2 2-3 7 Breanna Jacobs 0 0-0 0 Madison Lockery 1 0-0 3 Widline Thomas 0 0-2 0 Leonora Lipson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 7-15 46.

WESTHILL 8 12 9 7—36

STAMFORD 11 8 12 15—46

3-Pointers: W—Hackett 2, Kollar. S—Nelson, Karukas, Lockery.

KOLBE CATHEDRAL 53, SCARSDALE (N.Y.) 36

KOLBE CATHEDRAL (4-0)

Alyssa Felix 0 1-2 1 Gracen Kerr 8 4-4 25 Aniyah Pettway 5 1-2 12 Mishell Pringle 3 0-2 6 Brianna Meekins 1 1-2 3 Shaniyah Stancil 2 0-3 4 Samiyah Freelove 0 0-0 0 Mateya Moye 0 0-0 0 Beatriz Honorio 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 7-15 53.

SCARSDALE (NY) (3-3)

Jessica Solidar 0 0-0 0 Marie Jacobson 0 0-0 0 Kayla Maroney 6 2-2 18 Ava Morin 1 0-0 2 Dani Hoyt 0 0-0 0 Ava Lorda 0 0-0 0 Nina Metviner 2 0-0 6 Sophia Salazar 0 0-0 0 Emmeline Burriose 1 0-0 2 Meghan Quirk 2 0-0 5 Phoebe Shearer 0 0-0 0 Moira Concan 0 1-2 1 Abigail Talish 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 3-4 36.

KOLBE CATHEDRAL 11 10 11 21—53

SCARSDALE 7 3 13 13—36

3-Pointers: KC—Kerr 5, Pettway. S—Maroney 4, Metviner 2, Quirk.

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