Ridgefield cruises to 57-25 win over McMahon

Even when it is struggling to score points, the Ridgefield High girls basketball team can usually rely on its defense to stay in games.

On Thursday night, the Tigers combined their trademark-tough defense with fluid offense in a 57-25 rout of Brien McMahon in Ridgefield.

Junior Cameron McClellan and sophomore Katie Flynn each scored 12 points to lead the Tigers, who won their second straight game and are now 5-6 overall this season.

McClellan hit a 3-pointer and made three free throws as Ridgefield went on a 9-0 run that translated into an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers then scored 20 points in the second quarter and went into halftime ahead 31-16.

Ridgefield held McMahon to two points in the third quarter, widening the lead to 41-18 going into the final period.

“Our teammates did a great job of getting us the ball and we were able to capitalize on those openings,” McClellan said. “A win like this is definitely a confidence booster and I’m glad to see we were able to play to our standard.”

Kate Garson, Kelly Chittenden, and Norah McNeece added six points apiece for Ridgefield. Samantha Grizzaffi, Megan Klosowski, Claire Tannian, and Cara Sheafe each contributed three points, while Kate Wagner had two points and Cali Stietzel added one point to round out the scoring. Chittenden made two 3-pointers and Tannian and Sheafe each hit one trey.

The Tigers also forced 32 turnovers, with Stietzel making seven steals.

“We’re trying to become crisper and execute these plays as the season progresses, and I definitely think we saw that tonight,” Ridgefield coach Tom DiMarzo said. “When you win by 30 it’s a team effort, and I was pleased to see that all-around contribution.”

Notes: Senior Michelle Perea led McMahon with eight points. Freshman Isabella Jimenez added six points for the Senators, who dropped to 3-8 with their fifth straight loss.