Ridgefield pulls away to beat Darien, 52-27

Free throws helped build an early lead and 3-pointers widened it as the Ridgefield High girls basketball team beat visiting Darien, 52-27, on Friday night.

The victory was the fourth in five games for the Tigers, who evened their record at 7-7.

“It was a physical game, but we were able to keep our composure,” Ridgefield head coach Tom DiMarzo said. “They wanted to make a statement in response to last year’s loss (to Darien) and they did by never backing down.”

With the score tied 4-4, Ridgefield went on a 15-4 run that covered the end of the first quarter and all of the second period, giving the Tigers a 19-8 halftime lead. Sophomore Katie Flynn led the surge with two field goals and two free throws. Norah McNeece, Kate Garson, Megan Klosowski, and Flynn combined to sink nine free throws in the first half and 16 for the game.

Klosowski hit the game's first 3-pointer in the third quarter, pushing Ridgefield's lead to 17 points. Kelly Chittenden and Cara Sheafe followed with treys of their own as the Tigers headed into the final period with a 32-15 advantage.

Claire Tannian contributed a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Chittenden added one more to close out the victory.

Flynn had 12 points and five rebounds for Ridgefield. Chittenden also hit double figures, finishing with 10 points. Tannian and Garson each scored six points, followed by Sheafe and Klosowski with five points apiece.

“We did a great job of running on them and cutting to the middle,” Flynn said. “We’ve always been a defensive team first ... but our drives through the lane got us the offense we needed, too.”

Lindsay Dimonekas led Darien with nine points, including all seven of the Blue Wave's points in the third quarter. Freshman Aerin Bowman added five points for Darien, which dropped to 4-10 overall.