Girls hoop: Tigers cap strong week with win over Ludlowe

A wire-to-wire romping rounded out a week of wins for the Ridgefield High girls basketball team, as the Tigers defeated Fairfield Ludlowe, 49-26, on Friday night at RHS.

It was the fourth victory in seven days for Ridgefield, which is now 6-3 overall this season.

The Tigers asserted control from the start against Ludlowe, opening an 11-5 lead after one quarter and going ahead 28-12 by halftime. Ridgefield's defense held the Falcons under 10 points in each quarter.

“I was thrilled with tonight’s defensive effort,” said Ridgefield head coach Tom DiMarzo. “The girls are trusting the process now, and tonight they got a clear example of how compatible defensive and offensive play need to be.”

Even in a dialed-back second half, Ridgefield was never threatened. DiMarzo was able to find playing time for all of his players, with eight of them scoring points.

Senior forward Caroline Curnal led the Tigers with 12 points (all in the opening half), including eight in the first quarter. Curnal also contributed five rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore guard Megan Klosowski added 10 points, and classmates Kate Wagner and Sabrina Grizzaffi each had seven points, with Wagner also supplying three rebounds and three assists. Freshmen Norah McNeece and Kate Garson contributed four points apiece, followed by freshman Faith Arnold with three points and sophomore Cameron McClellan with two points.

Amanda Schramm paced Ludlowe (3-6) with six points and three rebounds. Bridget Paulmann, Anna Paulmann and Paige O’Connell added four points each.

After his team's third win in four days, DiMarzo was already looking ahead.

“We have high hopes for next week, and we’re looking to take it one game at a time,” he said. “If we slow down and continue with the defensive level that tonight saw, we have a real chance of proving ourselves ...”