Girls hoop: Ridgefield beats Trinity for second win in two days

For the second straight night, the Ridgefield High girls basketball team romped to a double-digit victory.

A big third quarter powered the Tigers past visiting Trinity Catholic, 56-37, on Wednesday evening. The win, which followed a 54-38 road triumph over Danbury on Tuesday, raised Ridgefield's record to 5-3.

Five early points from freshman Faith Arnold helped the Tigers open a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Each team scored 14 points in the second period, leaving Ridgefield ahead, 29-22, at halftime.

The third quarter was all Ridgefield. The Tigers began the period with 13 unanswered points, holding Trinity scoreless for more than six minutes. By time the quarter ended, Ridgefield had pushed its lead to 44-27.

“We’ve had some difficult third quarters in the past, so Caroline (Curnal), our captain, made a point that we should try to win the first four minutes of the second half,” said head coach Tom DiMarzo. “Sometimes a lead at halftime can reduce a player to be complacent, so we focused on maintaining and even improving our energy in the third quarter.”

Arnold led Ridgefield's balanced scoring with 10 points. Curnal followed with nine points and seven rebounds, and sophomores Kate Wagner, Cameron McClellan, and Sabrina Grizzaffi contributed eight points apiece, with Grizzaffi collecting six rebounds. Freshman Katie Flynn and sophomore Megan Klosowski had six points each for the Tigers.

“We were very successful in continuing that energy from the previous game into tonight,” said Grizzaffi. “Tonight we looked to drive the lane and simply reach a level of aggression that we haven’t in the past.”

Trinity Catholic sophomore Caitlyn Scott had a game-high 15 points, scoring on persistent drives through the lane. Junior Iyanna Lops, a transfer from Westhill, added nine points and fellow junior Kyah Nowlin had seven points for the Crusaders, who are now 4-5 overall.

Notes: Good ball movement helped Ridgefield hit 55% of its shots.

Ridgefield hosts Fairfield Ludlowe (3-6) on Friday night at 7 p.m.