Brien McMahon High School's girls basketball team came out cold against Stamford in Friday's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference game, and the Senators never got warmed up from the floor.
The Black Knights defeated the Senators, 50-39, and both teams stand at 2-2 in league play. McMahon did not make a shot from the floor for the first 12:41 and shot a frigid 4-for-26 from the floor in the first half, for 15 percent. Still, the team trailed only 22-14.
"I thought we had some good shots, but they just didn't go in the basket,'' McMahon coach Mark McElveen said. "Sometimes that happens."
Kiara Goodwin and Rachael Sawyer scored 11 points to lead the Senators. Goodwin had three 3-pointers, while Sawyer showed some strong inside moves. Stamford used its size advantage to control the backboards, as freshman Kelsey Santagata scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
"We're going to be undersized," McElveen said. "I think our quickness and tenacity on defense overcomes that. Their height made a difference in today's game. Her size made a difference. She kept going after initial contact, too. Our girls would get contact and then drop off. She just kept on going. She was the one that hurt us."
Stamford stretched its lead to 36-23 after three periods and was up 40-26 early in the fourth. The Senators, who never led, battled until the final minutes. The Senators capitalized on three successive Stamford turnovers and scored six points in a 42-second span to get within 46-39 with 1:23 left. Santagata got one of the game's most critical baskets when she scored on an offensive rebound off a missed free throw with 25.5 seconds left to make it 49-39.
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