STAMFORD — The Stamford High School girls basketball team reaped all the benefits it could from the 2016 portion of this season Friday by downing intracity rival Westhill, 63-33 to capture the Paul Kuczo Memorial Tournament title at the Black Knights’ gym.

The win means defending FCIAC and Class LL champion Stamford will celebrate the New Year with a spotless 5-0 overall record while remaining 3-0 in the FCIAC.

The Black Knights had nine different players score showing that the rotation is expanding for coach Diane Burns’ group.

“We’ve had a lot of kids step up during the (two-game) tournament. We got great contributions from (freshman) Megan Landseidel and junior Kelly Jagodzinski,” Burns said. “To have this type of depth changes everything about our team to the good.”

The return of 6-foot-1 junior center-forward Andrea O’Connor from her basketball preseason leg injury for both Kuczo Tourney wins has been a key addition as well.

Stamford (5-0 overall, still 3-0 FCIAC) came at Westhill in waves of energy on defense and ruled both backboards behind the work of senior co-captain Marthe Guirand, Alexa Kellner and O’Connor.

Leading 11-10, Stamford went on a 15-4 run spanning the end of the first quarter and half the second period to build a 26-14 edge.

Stamford then opened the third quarter with an 8-0 surge as well as a 9-2 closing run for a 48-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Westhill (3-3 overall) was spent and scored just three points in the fourth quarter.

“Rebounding was our biggest obstacle. We weren’t willing to do the little things necessary,” said Westhill’s first-year head coach Katherine Begetis. “Stamford is so big in its frontcourt. And we simply are not.”

Kellner paced Stamford’s offense with 13 points — all in the first half. Brooke Kelly had 10 — all in the second half — including a rare 4-point play to close out the third period.

Guirand had 12 points while Landseidel chipped in 10 points.

“The competition I see among the girls in practice each day makes this group fun to coach,” Burns said. “And they all buy in to the idea that team goals are more important than individual honors.”

For Westhill, sophomore forward Iyanna Lops had a team-high 14 points while senior Olivia Wise added nine points.

SCARSDALE (NY) 53, LUDLOWE 29

Scarsdale (NY) High School nailed nine 3-pointers on its way to topping Ludlowe, 53-29 for third place in the tourney.

Audrey Shaev poured in a game-high 20 points including four 3-pointers. Samantha Mancini hit a trio of first-quarter 3-pointers to get the Raiders off fast.

Scarsdale closed the half on a 9-0 run for 24-15 edge. A 16-2 surge in the third period settled the issue at 42-19.

“We were able to go small and use a three-guard alignment,” said Scarsdale coach Mike Blanco. “It helped our ball movement and our pace. We used a lot of people off the bench and found some good combinations.”

For Ludlowe (1-4 overall), Bridget Paulmann scored 11 points while Bridget O’Leary had eight points.

“We were scattered offensively. We weren’t disciplined and didn’t run through our sets,” said Ludlowe coach Sara Kinsley. “Scarsdale is a great shooting team. And we didn’t close out well on their shooters. I’m optimistic that we will improve in many areas in the New Year.”

PAUL KUCZO TOURNEY FINAL

STAMFORD 63, WESTHILL 33

WESTHILL (3-3 overall)

Iyanna Lops 5 4-5 14 Olivia Wise 3 3-5 9 Grace Hansen 0 0-0 0 Samantha Johns-Folks 2 0-0 4 Kyah Nowlin 1 0-0 2 Gabby Laccona 2 0-4 4 Kaleha Morgan 0 0-0 0 Jessica Rubin 0 0-0 0 Madison Cortell 0 0-0 0 Taylor Vanderpool 0 0-0 0 Meghan Lavelle 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 7-14 33.

STAMFORD (5-0 overall, still 3-0 FCIAC)

Alexa Kellner 5 1-2 13 Camille Martinez 1 0-0 2 Marthe Guirand 5 2-4 12 Brooke Kelly 3 1-2 10 Megan Landseidel 4 0-0 10 Andrea O’Connor 1 2-2 4 Kelly Jagodzinski 1 2-3 5 Jessica Nelson 1 1-3 3 Claudia Moses 1 2-2 4 Shanice Silpot 0 0-0 0 Jadelyn Watkins 0 0-0 0 Rosemie Louis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 11-18 63.

WESTHILL 12 8 10 3—33

STAMFORD 17 12 19 15—63

3-Pointers: S—Kellner 2, Kelly 3, Landseidel 2, Jagodzinski.

All-Tourney Team: Lops (Westhill), Paulmann (Ludlowe), Shaev (Scarsdale), Kelly, Guirand (Stamford). MVP: Kellner (Stamford).

3RD PLACE GAME

SCARSDALE (NY) 53, LUDLOWE 29

SCARSDALE (NY)

Emma Coleman 2 0-2 6 Lily Steckel 1 0-0 2 Samantha Mancini 3 0-0 9 Emmeline Berridge 0 0-0 0 Kayla Maroney 3 0-0 6 Ashley Barletta 2 0-2 4 Lauren Metviner 0 0-0 0 Audrey Shaev 8 0-1 20 Alex Wilson 0 0-0 0 Ella Angell 0 0-0 0 Nicole Laub 0 0-0 0 Nina Metviner 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 0-5 53.

LUDLOWE (1-4 overall)

Bridget Paulmann 5 0-2 11 Julia Colica 0 0-0 0 Kelly Kiremidjian 2 1-2 5 Lilliam Traum 0 0-0 0 Bridget O’Leary 3 2-5 8 Paige O’Connell 1 1-2 3 Erin O’Leary 0 0-2 0 Erin Capodanno 0 0-0 0 Trish Carey 0 0-0 0 Ida Boci 1 0-0 2. Totals: 12 4-13 29.

SCARSDALE (NY) 15 9 23 6—53

LUDLOWE 10 5 6 8—29

3-Pointers: S—Coleman 2, Mancini 3, Shaev 4. L—Paulmann.