Abby Anka, seen here in action from a game earlier this season, scored 10 points during Stratford's state tournament loss to East Haven on Monday. (File photo by John Nash)

CLASS L GIRLS BASKETBALL: Stratford falls to East Haven in first round

EAST HAVEN—The Stratford Red Devils girls basketball team knew it was going to be in for a tough battle against East Haven in their CIAC Class L state tournament first-round game on Monday.

The Red Devils, after all, were seeded 28th while East Haven—which won the Class M championship a year ago before being bumped up a class—was seeded fifth.

Twenty seconds into the game, when one of Stratford’s best players went down with an injury, that road got even longer.

In turn, East Haven jumped out to a big lead and never looked back while posting an 83-40 win over the Red Devils.

Stratford finishes the season 7-14.

Less than 30 seconds into the game, Stratford senior Julia Torreso went down with an injury and was lost for the game.

East Haven, meanwhile, led 21-8 after the first quarter and used a 29-point second quarter to take a 50-19 lead at the break.

Abby Anka led the Red Devils with 10 points while Juliette Macisco added nine and Alli Diaz had eight.

Taylor Salato led East Haven with 21 points while Makenzie Helms, who netted her 1,000th career point in the game, scored 9.

East Haven (16-5) advances to face 21st-seeded Guilford in the next round.

STRATFORD 40, EAST HAVEN 83 

STRATFORD (40)

 Sami Perley 0 0-0 0 Julia Torreso 0 0-0 0 Abby Anka 4 0-0 10 Sydney Ritchie 2 1-4 5 Alli Diaz 3 0-0 8 Julie Carbone 1 1-2 4 Juliette Macisco 3 3-5 9 Amanda Ogrodowicz 2 0-0 4 . Totals: 15 5-11 40.

EAST HAVEN (83)

Makenzie Helms 3 2-2 9, Erin Curran 3 1-2 7, Isabella Ragaini 2 2-2 6, Alexis Penoziwater 3 2-2 10, Taylor Salato 10 0-0 21 Kate Pycela 1 0-0 2, Alannah Doheny 4 0-0 9, Angelina Munoz 1 2-2 4 Tanner Punzo 2 0-1 4 Karen Solorzano 3 1-2 7 Teresa Vitello 1 0-0 2, Jaime Gallo 1 0-0 2. Totals: 34 10-13 83.

STRATFORD      8 11 10 27 – 56

EAST HAVEN   21 29 25 8 – 83

3-pointers: East Haven—Helms, Penoziwater 2, Salato, Doheny;     Stratford—Anka 2, Diaz 2, Carbone.

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