Senior Night something special

Genesis Torres (21) was one of three Stratford High players to score seven points in the Red Devils’ 42-15 victory over Amistad Academy on Senior Night.
(Photo by Kyra Palange)

Two nights before the largest blizzard in recent history swept through Connecticut and closed all of the state’s roads, coach Cliff LaRose’s Stratford High girls basketball team trounced Amistad Academy of New Haven by a score of 42-15.
For the Red Devils Wednesday’s Senior Night victory provided a much-needed morale boost and helped to bring Stratford’s season almost to a close on a high note.
Despite his team’s 3-16 record, LaRose has reason to be proud.
“They have come out and fought every single night, even against the odds,” he said. “Every game is a battle.”
Ironically, Stratford’s relative success in recent seasons may have contributed towards this year’s struggles:
“Our seniors didn’t play varsity until they were seniors because their predecessors (classes of 2011 and 2012) were so good.
“Most of these girls had hardly any varsity time before their senior year, and then they were just thrown into the role and asked to perform
“It’s been a challenge for them, but they have been getting better throughout the season.”
Amistad scored early and the score remained stagnant for over three minutes before senior Jamie Russo cracked through with a basket with 3:40 left.
Classmate Danielle Lapierre put Stratford on top 30 seconds later with a 3-pointer on the team’s next possession.
Russo sank a 3-pointer less than a minute later to stretch the Red Devils’ lead to 8-3, and the quarter closed out with the score at 8-5.
The second period remained scoreless until a minute and 20 seconds in, when Amistad once again started the scoring for the period, this time with a two-point shot to narrow the deficit to a single point.
Much like the first quarter, however, Stratford dominated the rest of the frame’s scoring.
Lapierre started things off with a two-point shot with 5:30 left, and the Red Devils executed a nice play on their next possession.
Lapierre stole the ball and passed to Russo, who took the ball down the court.
There she found senior Amaris Woodson, who sank the two-point shot to take the score to 12-7.
The trend continued, as Destanii Brantley scored after a steal.
Genesis Torres netted a 3-pointer and Margaux Mahoney added a layup to close out the half at 19-7.
Amistad was fouled twice in the first two minutes of the third quarter, but missed all four foul shots.
Stratford was kept off the board through almost five minutes into the third quarter, before Woodson finally netted a layup after a pass from Mahoney.
Woodson’s basket started a five-basket rally for Stratford. Torres stretched the lead to 23-9 on a putback.
Anekka Scott-Gray’s three-point shot from the corner after a nice pass from senior Bernice Augustin to take the score to 26-9.
Mahoney added a layup and Scott-Gray finished out the quarter with a long 3-point shot that took the score to 30-9.
Lapierre was fouled while shooting a layup a minute into the fourth quarter and made both shots, taking the score to 32-9.
Less than a minute later, Agustin netted a putback, was fouled, and made her free throw for the three-point play.
Amistad had a trio of 3-pointers down the stretch, but Scott-Gray and Torres added two-point shots to take the score to 42-15.
Russo, Scott-Gray, Lapierre, and Torres led the Red Devils’ scoring.
Russo accounted for eight points, including two 3-pointers, while Scott-Gray, Lapierre and Torres each contributed seven points.

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