Girls hoop: Ridgefield is 3-1 entering holiday tourney

When a team has no seniors on the roster and starts three sophomores, there are bound to be weeks like this.

Three days after playing poorly in a 55-33 road loss to Trinity Catholic, the Ridgefield High girls basketball team played good enough to beat host Stamford, 40-33, last Friday night.

“We weren’t great, but we did enough to win,” said Ridgefield head coach Tom DiMarzo, whose team is 3-1 heading into this weekend's Newtown Holiday Tournament at Newtown High School. “We’re playing very young right now. We’re missing a lot of foul shots and committing a lot of fouls. Every game is a learning experience.”

The Tigers led 21-17 at halftime and 28-25 through three quarters. Ridgefield then outscored Stamford, 12-8, in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

Faith Arnold and Kate Garson each had eight points for Ridgefield. Kate Wagner added seven points, while Katie Flynn contributed six points and Kelly Chittenden finished with five points.

In last Tuesday’s game, Trinity built a 19-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and went on to beat the Tigers by 22 points.

“We played horrendous,” said DiMarzo. “You can’t win when you score 33 points. We had way too many turnovers, including a lot of unforced turnovers. It was just one of those nights.”

Trailing 30-16 at halftime, the Tigers did make a run to get within seven points in the third quarter. But Trinity got its lead back to 41-29 by the end of the period and then outscored Ridgefield, 14-4, in the final quarter.

Garson had a team-high eight points for the Tigers. Chittenden (seven points), Flynn (six), Arnold (five), Megan Klosowski (five), and Sabrina Grizzaffi (two) also scored for Ridgefield.

Notes: Ridgefield plays Pomperaug in the first game of the Newtown Holiday Tournament on Friday at 11 a.m. The Tigers then meet Mansfield (Mass.) on Saturday at noon.