STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Youngtimers 8th Grade Travel Team captured the Fairfield County Basketball League AA Division Championship with a 63-52 win over Waterbury-North End on March 8 at Darien High School.
The Youngtimers, who finished the season at 29-2 avenged a loss to Waterbury from early January.
Waterbury controlled the glass in the opening period with a 19-9 advantage, but Stamford managed to stand at a tie at 14 after one quarter. Waterbury scored the first five points of the second quarter, but the Youngtimers finished the half on a 14-6 run to grab a three-point halftime lead.
Stamford took control in the third quarter, forcing eight Waterbury turnovers in the period to collect a 22-13 advantage and grab a 50-38 lead after three quarters. Waterbury could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Maya Klein poured in 26 points for Stamford while Alexa Kellner chipped in with 13 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. McKenna Frank played an outstanding floor game finishing with 11 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals. Brooke Kelly accounted for nine points, four assists and three steals for the Youngtimers.
The 8th grade team captured both the regular season and tournament championships of the FCBL. Stamford received great contributions from Lizzy DeMarkey, Heather Fraioli, Julia Howe, Sydney Leeds, Kaleha Morgan, Gloria Mattioli and Molly Murray throughout the season en route to one of the finest seasons in Youngtimers history.
Last year, the team finished 5-12 in the FCBL B Division, but several additions were made to this year’s team. The team won its final 18 games.
Frank was also a co-champion of the FCBL 3-point Contest. Earlier this year, Stamford won the Southern Connecticut Holiday Tournament and the Golden Knights Invitational Tournament Championship.