Lops, Trinity top Ridgefield in FCIAC semis

Iyanna Lops scored Trinity Catholic’s first seven points of the game and it only got better from there for the senior center.

Lops was dominant on both ends of the floor, scoring 29 points, bringing down 16 rebounds and blocking eight shots as third-seed Trinity defeated seventh-seed Ridgefield, 50-35, in the FCIAC girls basketball semifinals Tuesday night at Trumbull High School.

Trinity advances to the FCIAC championship game Thursday night (7 p.m.) at Trumbull against top-seed Norwalk, which beat fourth-seed Danbury in the other semifinal Tuesday.

It is the first title game appearance for the Crusaders since 2010. Trinity last won the FCIAC championship in 2008, capping a three-year run atop the league with titles in 2006 and 2007, as well.

“First time since 2010, that is a nice accomplishment for the girls,” Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “(Lops) did a good job tonight and the team helped out around her. I have coached some good shot blockers. She does a really good job reading the offense and getting over and blocking shots. It is nice to have her in the paint.”

Trinity led by five points after one quarter and 11 at halftime as Ridgefield had few answers for Lops inside. The Crusaders were ahead 36-24 going into the final quarter.

Kate Wagner paced Ridgefield with eight points. Katie Flynn and Faith Arnold each added six points, while Megan Klosowski, Kate Garson and Norah McNeece contributed four points apiece.

The Tigers will now await the start of the Class LL state tournament.