The Stamford Black Knights captured their first FCIAC girls basketball championship since 1979 with a 56-48 victory over the top-seeded Warde Mustangs Friday night at Ludlowe High School.
Stamford, the No. 2 seed, led 21-20 at halftime but outscored the Mustangs 19-8 in the third quarter to go up by 12 at 40-28. Warde closed the gap to six points at 49-43 late in the game, but it was the Knights’ night as they took home the crown.
Senior guard Tiana England was named the game’s MVP after scoring a game-high 19 points, including 11 during the decisive third quarter.
Alexa Kellner added 14 points and Camille Martinez scored 13 for Stamford (20-2).
For Warde, Shania Osborne led with 14 points, and Iliana Krasniqi and Daja Polk had 10 each.
Stamford and Warde have little time to rest as they’ll both begin state tournament play on Saturday. Warde hosts Lyman Hall, while Stamford hosts Ledyard at 3 p.m. in the first round of the CIAC Class LL tournament.