By Tony De Angelo
Athletic Director at Stratford High School
Getting ready for March Madness? Start working on your basketball chops by supporting our local high school basketball teams. Stratford Public Schools is allowing 2 immediate family members of participating athletes of the home team to attend games. All home and away games can be seen on the NFHS network.
The Stratford Red Devils waged a strong comeback in the 4th quarter to defeat their crosstown rival, Bunnell, 60-57 Tuesday night in the new SHS gym. Stratford was down 12 points heading into the 4th quarter but rallied back, led by Jayquan Kirkland with 14 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter. The Red Devils’ tough defense in the 4th quarter held Bunnell to just 8 points. Scott Knorr nailed 2 Free throws with 25 seconds left on the clock to lift Stratford to a 58-54 lead. On the next play Bunnell turned the ball over which led to Stratford’s Jaden Perez banking in a layup to go up 60-54 with 9 seconds left on the clock. Bunnell’s Kevin Lanham hit a 3-pointer on the next play but time ran out and Stratford went on to celebrate a 60-57 comeback victory.
Jayquan Kirkland was top scorer for Stratford with 21, Brady Knorr dropped in 16 and Ben Petrie had 8. Kevin Lanham was the top scorer for Bunnell with 26, Andrew Soltis had 14 and Yarami McCollough 8.
Stratford Moves to 4-2 and Bunnell 3-3 on the season. Stratford takes on Newtown at home on Friday, February 26 th at 7:15 p.m. Bunnell will face Masuk away on Monday, March 1. Both games are available on the NFHS Network.
On Tuesday, February 16 the Stratford HS Boys’ Basketball defeated Bethel 55-49 in the new SHS gymnasium. The Red Devils improve to 3-1 on the season. Jayquan Kirkland was the top scorer with 22. Brady Knorr dropped in 15. Mike D’Aloia and Fenley Turenne each had 8. Dylan Breeland led Bethel with 25.
The Stratford High School girls’ basketball team are 0-2 and will be returning from quarantine to play Friday, February 26 th @ Newtown at 6:15 p.m.
Here is the remaining schedules for the boys’ and girls’ teams:
Boys v Newtown (home) 7:15
Girls @ Newtown (away) 6:15
Boys v New Fairfield(home) 7:15
Girls @ Bethel (away) 6:15
Girls v ND-Fairfield (home) 6:00
Boys @ ND (away) 7:15
Girls v Weston (home ) 3:00
Boys @ Weston (away) 2:45
Girls v Kolbe Cathedral (home) 6:00
Boys @ Kolbe Cathedral (away) 7:00
Girls @ Bunnell (away) 4:00
Girls v New Milford (home) 6:00
Boys @ New Milford (away) 7:15