Ridgefield routs Central, falls to Capital

Playing its second home game in 24 hours, the Ridgefield High girls basketball team fell to Capital Prep of Hartford, 58-44, on Wednesday night.

The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Tigers, who had routed Bridgeport Central, 78-20, on Tuesday night.

Capital Prep (8-4) did its most significant damage in the first quarter, outscoring Ridgefield, 23-12.

The Trailblazers led 35-25 at halftime and 44-33 through three quarters.

Katie Flynn led Ridgefield (6-7) with 14 points. Kate Garson added eight points and Kate Wagner and Megan Klosowski each had seven points.

The night before, Ridgefield got scoring from 14 players in its 58-point victory over Bridgeport Central.

It took a mere six seconds for the Tigers to take the lead, and a much more prolonged six minutes for Central to get its first points. Flynn’s opening drive and basket set Ridgefield on a game-opening 12-0 run, with Klosowski’s two field goals and two free throws providing half of the points.

Ahead 15-4 at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers were even more dominant in the second period. Ridgefield outscored Central, 16-0, to increase its lead to 30-4 at halftime.

Claire Tannian’s three-pointer began a 21-0 run that covered the second period and part of the third. Head coach Tom DiMarzo went to his bench and freshman Cara Sheafe jumped in with immediate tenacity, hitting two three-pointers.

“This is the time of year where girls step up in practice, and they really showed up in their [playing time] tonight,” DiMarzo said. “We have to take the games one at a time as we now move towards the postseason, and the flexibility that we’ve seen in our bench will help us do that.”

Norah McNeece finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for Ridgefield.