In impressive seasons, both boys and girls did it with size
Published 4:28 pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2017
It’s nothing more than a coincidence.
But still, in a year where both the Darien boy and girls basketball teams—who historically do not live up to the lofty expectations that go along with donning the blue-and-white—finished as highly as they have in recent memory, both did it with size.
The boys team was led by senior Alex Preston.
The 6-foot-8 senior was one of the best players in the FCIAC, and regarded as the top front court presence. Preston averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game for a Blue Wave team that made plenty of noise all year.
The Darien boys finished the year at 15-7 overall and 12-4 in the FCIAC. Its second-place finish in-conference was the best of coach Charoy Bentley’s three-year tenure at the helm.
For all their regular-season success, the Wave boys fell short come postseason. Darien ran out of time in its comeback attempt against Danbury, falling 59-56 in the opening round of the FCIAC tourney.
Both the boys and the girls won their CIAC tournament openers over West Haven, but both fell in the second round to top-ranked teams. The girls to No. 1 Trumbull, the boys to No. 4 East Hartford.
While the record might not jump out statistically for the girls—9-10 overall—they weren’t an easy win in any matchup, a far cry from years past.
If star freshman guard Ashley Humphrey hadn’t injured herself early in the year, the girls were poised to make a run at both the FCIAC and state.
While the boys lose their two best big men, the girls return both Ramsay and Fiore.
With both of the 6-footers back in the fold, as well as the underclassmen with plenty of experience, Steve Dunn and the Darien girls are certainly on the upswing for the 2017-18 season.