Class A Private Girls: St. Francis 61, Stratford Academy 41

Sophomore Nichel Tampa scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead the No. 1-ranked Knights into the final.

St. Francis used a 13-2 run at the end of the first quarter to take control. Despite falling behind by as many as 15, Stratford was behind only 10 points at the half.

St. Francis put any comeback hopes to rest by scoring the first eight points of the third period and the Eagles never got any closer than 14.

“They fought to the end, but with that much size and speed it’s kind of tough,” Stratford coach Ed Smith said.

The Knights (27-3) also got 13 points from Maya Dodson and 12 from Kayiyahna Kushkituah.

No. 5 Stratford (22-7) was led by Lucy Bobbitt with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and 10 points from Bonnie Jarrard.

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