Ridgefield hoop teams top McMahon

The Ridgefield High boys and girls basketball teams followed divergent routes in their wins over Brien McMahon on Friday night.

The smoother path came in Norwalk, where the RHS girls opened a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and went on to beat McMahon, 54-32.

The Tigers were ahead 27-14 at halftime and 39-23 through three quarters.

Caroline Curnal scored 14 points for Ridgefield, which improved its record to 8-3 going into Saturday's showdown with unbeaten Trumbull.

Sabrina Grizzaffi also hit double figures for the Tigers, finishing with 10 points.

Megan Klosowski and Katie Flynn each added six points, while Claire Tannian had five points and Kate Wagner contributed four points.

Cameron McClellan (three points), Isabella Giordano (two points), Kelly Chittenden (two points), and Norah McNeece also scored for Ridgefield.

At RHS, the Ridgefield boys needed to rally for their 68-52 triumph over McMahon.

Down 39-30 early in the third quarter, the Tigers went on a 30-3 run that carried them to a 60-42 lead midway through the final period.

"McMahon has very good talent and we got caught up in the emotion of the game," said Ridgefield head coach Andrew McClellan, whose team trailed 18-11 through one quarter and 30-26 at halftime. "We played with less emotion and more execution and poise in the second half. We really shared the ball."

It was the sixth straight win for Ridgefield, which remained unbeaten in the FCIAC (7-0) and improved to 8-2 overall.

James St. Pierre scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half for the Tigers. St. Pierre also grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals.

Brenden McNamara added 24 points and 11 rebounds for Ridgefield.

Ryan Malley (eight points), Chris Knachel (six points) and Alex Price (five points) also scored for the Tigers.

Knachel finished with six rebounds, while point guard Matt Misurelli had five assists.