Ridgefield hoop teams handle Danbury
One played on the road, the other at home.
The outcome, though, was the same: Wins for both.
The Ridgefield High boys and girls basketball teams gave Danbury a double dose of defeat on Tuesday night, with the former prevailing, 50-38, at home and the latter winning, 54-38, at Danbury.
Shown live on the HAN Network (click here to watch on demand) the Ridgefield-Danbury boys game was not an aesthetic beauty. Both teams struggled from the field and the foul line, and those misfires were reflected on the scoreboard: The Tigers led 7-4 at the end of one quarter, 17-8 at halftime, and 28-24 through three quarters.
Ridgefield finally heated up in the final eight minutes, hitting five three-pointers to pull away. Senior guard Alex Price scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth period, hitting a trio of three-pointers. Price supplied the highlight for the home crowd when he was fouled while sinking one of those treys and then converted the free throw for a four-point play.
Brenden McNamara led the Tigers with 19 points. James St. Pierre added 10 points and Chris Knachel had five points, including a three-pointer that pushed Ridgefield's lead to 37-26 with 5:08 to play.
Jackson Mitchell and Matthew DeLuca contributed two points apiece for the Tigers, who improved their record to 5-2.
Javon Hernandez paced Danbury with 12 points, including 10 in the third quarter. Denali Burton finished with 10 points for the Hatters (5-1), who lost for the first time this season.
In Danbury, the Ridgefield girls team got 25 points from senior forward Caroline Curnal and beat the Hatters, 54-38.
Twelve of Curnal's points came via four three-pointers, two in each half.
Ridgefield led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter and 29-23 at halftime. The Tigers were ahead 41-32 entering the fourth quarter, when they outscored Danbury, 13-6.
Sophomore guards Megan Klosowski and Kate Wagner added nine points each for the Tigers, who are now 4-3. Klosowski scored all of her points in the second half, including five in the fourth quarter.
Cameron McClellan hit a pair of treys to finish with six points for Ridgefield. Katie Flynn and Norah McNeece each had two points and Faith Arnold added one point.
The Tigers prevailed despite hitting just five of their 18 free-throw attempts.