Darien snaps Ridgefield girls hoop team's win streak

The phrase "falling short" took on a figurative and literal meaning for the Ridgefield High girls basketball team Friday evening.

Thwarted by Darien's height advantage, the Tigers fell to the Blue Wave, 47-37, in Darien.

The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for Ridgefield, which is now 10-4 overall and 8-3 in the FCIAC.

Darien (6-7 overall, 6-5 FCIAC) employed a zone defense, letting its height act as a barrier that the Tigers struggled to breach. Limited to few second-chance opportunities, Ridgefield managed just seven points in the first quarter and six in the second, trailing 28-13 at halftime. The Tigers' frustration spilled into foul trouble, as the visitors finished the game with 24 fouls.

“We dug too deep a hole, and quickly let the foul trouble escalate and bring us down,” said Ridgefield head coach Tom DiMarzo.

Down 39-23 entering the final quarter, the Tigers were able to get within seven points, 44-37, with a minute left. But Christina Fiore made a free throw for Darien and teammate Kate Ramsey added a basket in the closing seconds.

Before fouling out in the fourth quarter, senior captain Caroline Curnal had 13 points and eight rebounds for Ridgefield. Sophomore Sabrina Grizzaffi had a strong second half and added 10 points for the Tigers.

Kate Wagner contributed another five points, with Megan Klosowski and Norah McNeece finishing with four points apiece. Rounding out the scoring was freshman Katie Flynn, who had one point and grabbed seven rebounds.

Fiore and Ramsey, a pair of 6'0" seniors, led Darien. Fiore had 26 points and five rebounds, while Ramsey added 10 points, 12 rebounds and several blocked shots,

Despite the setback, DiMarzo still has high hopes for his team.

“We’re playing Wilton on Tuesday, and we’re looking to give them their third [conference] loss,” he said. “I think that our energy will be revived with the home-court advantage, and if we can deal out some losses, we can maybe control our destiny.”