Ridgefield beats Greenwich for fifth straight win

Before embarking on a two-week road trip, the Ridgefield High girls basketball team added a fifth consecutive victory.

The Tigers scored the game's first 11 points and went on to beat Greenwich, 57-28, on Tuesday night at RHS.

Ridgefield, which improved its record to 7-3, kept the Cardinals (2-5) off-balance with a dynamic defense that forced 19 turnovers.

“We were really great teammates today,” said Ridgefield head coach Tom DiMarzo. “We’ve overcome any hesitations regarding passing or aggressive demeanors and are finally trusting both each other and ourselves.”

The Tigers broke the game open early, with sophomore guard Kate Wagner scoring five points within the first minute of play. Ridgefield took an 11-0 lead and was ahead 17-4 at the end of the first quarter.

Ridgefield’s leading scorer, senior forward Caroline Curnal, asserted herself with eight points in the opening quarter. Curnal finished the game with 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Sophomore Claire Tannian added a season-high 10 points, six of which came on three-pointers.

“I struggled with some setbacks at the beginning of the season, but I know that personally and as a team we’ve been fiercely working at practice, and it’s paid off,” said Tannian. “We’re coming together very impressively, and now we simply need to match the intensity we have at home when we’re away.”

Nine other players contributed points for the Tigers. Wagner had eight points, followed by Megan Klosowski with seven points and Cameron McClellan with six points (two three-pointers). Late scoring came from freshman Kate Garson with six points, and another four points from sophomore Sabrina Grizzaffi. Freshmen Norah McNeece and Katie Flynn added two points each, with Flynn supplying eight rebounds and three assists.

Michelle Morganti led Greenwich with seven points. Taylor Stamos and Kim Kockenmeister had six points apiece.

Notes: Ridgefield plays its next four games on the road before returning home to meet arch-rival Wilton on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.