Jan. 17—STRATFORD — The Stratford boys basketball team got off to a strong start and ended the game with a strong finish in a 64-57 home victory over Wayne Friday night.
Stratford climbed above .500 at 7-6 on the year, while Wayne left town at 6-8.
In the girls' contest, the host Lady Bulldogs upended Wayne 55-34. Stratford snapped a three-game losing skid to improve to 5-8 on the year, while Wayne slipped to 6-8.
Both Stratford clubs will now compete in the Allen Mustang Winter Classic. The Stratford girls meet Strother at 4 p.m. on Thursday and the Bulldogs take on Strother at 5:15 p.m.
Stratford 64, Wayne 57
Stratford outscored Wayne 22-15 in the first quarter — thanks to five 3-point baskets — and both teams registered 14 points each in the second period and the hometown Bulldogs led 36-29 at the break.
Wayne knotted the score at 43-43 after a 14-7 run in the third period, but Stratford regrouped and used a huge 21-14 surge to end the game and secure the win.
"Offensively, we played one of our best games but still didn't execute some little things that we needed to, so it let Wayne stick around," said Stratford boys coach Ray Ardery. "Wayne's guys stepped up and made some big plays for them, but we were able to end the game on a strong run. We had some young guys step up and give us some good minutes tonight."
Walker Chandler, who recently surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone, had a monster night for Stratford. He finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Chandler made five 3-point baskets.
Carson Owens followed with 14 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. He connected on four 3-point goals. Freshman Oliver Smithwick ended up with nine points for the locals.
Wayne was paced by Wyatt Webster with 17 points. Ty Kemper also hit double figures with 13 points and Jaxon Dill followed with nine points.
Stratford 55, Wayne 34
The game was knotted at 9-9 after the first quarter, but Stratford limited Wayne to just a single field goal by Faith Brqazell during a 12-2 surge in the second period that resulted in a 21-11 halftime lead. Stratford picked up the pace in the third period, outscoring the visiting Lady Bulldogs 19-13 to stretch their lead to 40-24. The hosts ended the contest on a 15-10 run.
SHS sophomore Ryleigh Arderyx sank four 3-pointers and led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points. Both Callie Sandlin and Erin Henderson added 10 points apiece in the balanced Stratford offense.
Grace Wright just missed double figures for the host Lady Bulldogs with nine points.
Wayne got a team-high 16 points from Taelyn Ringwald, who sank 4-of-5 free throws.