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Stamford girls bounce back, rout Ludlowe

Updated 2:20 pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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The Stamford High girls basketball team evidently doesn't take too kindly to losing.

Stamford built a 29-point first-half lead and rolled, 53-31, over Ludlowe on Friday night in Fairfield.

"Basically today was all about hard work," Stamford coach Todd Parness said. "That was what the emphasis was over the past couple of days."

Three Black Knights scored in double figures, as junior Kelsey Santagata and freshman Maxine Fodiman each netted 16. Santagata added 13 rebounds, six steals, two blocks and two assists, as Stamford improved to 13-1, avenging its loss Tuesday to Wilton.

"Our game versus Wilton was a pretty tough loss," Santagata said. "This is a step in the right direction."

"We weren't too happy about that," Parness said.

Ludlowe's leading scorer Caroline Pangallo scored just three points, as the Falcons fell to 8-6. Pauline Blatt led Ludlowe with 10 points, and Trish Auray added eight.

"We had been ready for Stamford, we had four days to prepare, and we just came out flat," Ludlowe coach Sarah Huntington said. "I don't think we found our rhythm, we weren't moving on defense, we were really stationary."

Santagata, Fodiman and Ansia Fortt keyed Stamford's blistering first half, as the trio combined to score 35 of Stamford's 37 first-half points.

The Black Knights outrebounded Ludlowe 18-8 in the first half, using their prowess on the glass to generate transition baskets. Twelve of Stamford's 17 first-half field goals were layups, as it rattled off 12-0 and 14-0 first-half runs.

"We wanted to come out as strong as we could, so every loose ball was ours," Santagata said. "Our defense creates our offense and vice versa."

Ludlowe struggled offensively, making just a single field goal in the game's first 14:11. The Black Knights lead peaked at 35-6, and they led 37-10 at halftime.

"If that's who we think we're capable of hanging with, we did not show it," Huntington said.

"We played a great game for 16 minutes," Parness said.

The Falcons outscored Stamford 21-16 in the second half.

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Stamford 53, Ludlowe 31

STAMFORD (13-1, 11-1)

Kelsey Santagata 7 2-5 16 Evans Camry 0 2-2 2 Ashlya Cody 0 1-2 Tiana England 2 0-0 6 Maxine Fodiman 8 0-0 16 Ansia Fortt 6 0-0 12 Julie Piskin 0 0-0 0 Totals 23 5-9 53

FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE (8-6, 7-5)

Caroline Yates 0 0-0 0 Julia vonEhr 2 0-0 4 Sara Grabowski 0 0-0 0 Regan Steed 0 0-0 0 Trish Auray 3 0-0 8 Julia Pangallo 1 0-0 2 Alex McKinnon 1 0-0 2 Caroline Pangallo 1 0-0 3 Pauline Blatt 4 2-3 10 Charlotte Blatt 3 0-0 8 Sydney Foulk 0 0-0 0 Julia Pangallo 1 0-0 2 Totals 12 4-5 31.

STAMFORD 15 22 7 9--53

FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 2 8 8 13-- 31

3-pointers: Stamford 2 (England); Ludlowe 3 (Auray 2, C. Pangallo).

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