Darien girls basketball team finishes strong to top Trinity Catholic
Updated 3:16 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2012
STAMFORD -- It was a long time coming, but the Darien girls basketball finally took down FCIAC rival Trinity Catholic on Tuesday evening, a feat it hadn't accomplished in over seven years.
The game's momentum shifts seemed to fit neatly into each quarter, with each team coming away with solid performances in two of the four frames. When the final buzzer sounded, however, the 57-49 score was all that mattered.
With the win, Darien improves to 6-5 while the Crusaders fall to 6-6.
Darien coach Gary Peterson kept it brief when he explained the key to his team's victory.
"We made baskets tonight," Peterson said. "It's as simple as that."
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For most of the game the Wave's offense was clicking on all cylinders. Darien's scoring tandem of center Meg Marren and forward Kate Bushell each put up 17 points to share the honor of the game's high scorers.
Of course, the Wave first had to contain Trinity Catholic phenom MacKenzie Griffin, who notched 12 points and made six of eight free throw attempts.
"We collapsed on MacKenzie in the middle," Peterson said.
Trinity Catholic owned the first quarter, as guard Kellie Hurd made a statement early by draining a 3-pointer to get things rolling. Trinity Catholic's defense kept boxing out Darien, which was unable to get into a scoring rhythm.
At the quarter's end, the Crusaders seemed in control with a 12-8 lead.
In the second frame, the tide turned. The Blue Wave put their foot on the gas and outscored the Crusaders 21-10.
"We realized they were stepping up their game so we had to step up ours as well," said Marren, who also had 11 rebounds.
At the half, Darien entered the locker room with a modest 29-22 advantage.
Again, Trinity Catholic charged out of the gate in the third, outscoring Darien 12-7. Hurd, who was striking gold from the perimeter, put up eight of the Crusaders' points in that period, which included two treys.
Regaining their composure in the fourth quarter, and helped by the fact that Griffin sat out part of that period with some foul trouble, Darien was able to control the pace. The Wave outscored the Crusaders 21-15 in that period to seal the victory.
Hurd led the scoring for Trinity Catholic by downing four three-pointers and going two-for-two from the line. Griffin tallied 12 points, and forward Ali Palma put up nine points, seven of which were in the fourth quarter.
Darien sophomore Emily Stein was the other double-digit scorer for her team, putting up 10 points, which included a pair of treys.
"Once we saw we were able to get past them, we knew this game was right there for the taking," Darien captain Amy Biggart said. "This is obviously a big win for us. Now we are looking to take this momentum and move forward with it."
Tonight, Trinity Catholic travels to New Canaan (7-4) at 5:45 p.m. On Thursday, Darien hosted Staples (7-3), but the result was not available at press time.