Darien girls basketball team falls to undefeated Danbury
Darien's three-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Tuesday evening.
The momentum the Blue Wave built up with sparkling wins over Greenwich, Trinity Catholic and Staples could not carry them past an undefeated Danbury team. The visiting Hatters looked sharp in all facets of their game as they took down the Wave 57-36.
Darien topped Danbury the last two years, so they had hoped to be the ones to hand the Hatters their first loss this season.
"We were off today; it was just one of those nights," Darien coach Gary Peterson said "And they played a great game."
With the win Danbury improves to 11-0 in the FCIAC while Darien falls to 6-5.
"We played pretty good defense, but offensively we struggled," Darien captain Leslie Yuen said. "The effort was there but we just couldn't make our shots today."
"We need to make smart passes, and as a team we weren't really doing that," Darien's Kate Bushell said. "We also need better accuracy with our shots."
Darien remained in striking distance through the first three quarters of play but could not keep pace with a potent Hatters attack in the fourth.
The first quarter started on a positive note for Darien as sophomore Emily Stein hit a deep 3-pointer to get things rolling.
Danbury, however, answered every Blue Wave basket with at least one of their own, and Darien was never able to get into any kind of scoring rhythm.
While Darien kept it close in the first frame, trailing just 13-7, they could not slow down Danbury in the second. The Hatters marched out to a comfortable 27-15 lead by half time.
In the third quarter the Wave's offense finally began to click as Kelly Karczewski nailed a pair of treys and Bushell added a 3-pointer of her own. Meg Marren, who was tough on the inside throughout the game, chipped in a pair of baskets to give Darien a 13-10 scoring edge for the period.
But the hard-charging Hatters came roaring back in the final stanza, outscoring Darien 18-8 to clinch the victory.
Danbury's Rebecca Gartner was the high scorer of the game, tallying 18 points, followed by teammate Casey Smith who downed 16 points. As a team, the Hatters went an impressive 17-for-21 from the line.
Stein led the scoring for Darien with 10 points, and Karczewski and Marren both notched nine points. Bushell put up five and Yuen added two.
Marren, who had foul trouble throughout the night and is typically Darien's lead scorer, left the game with 3:30 remaining in the final period.
Looking ahead at the battle for an FCIAC playoff berth, Peterson said, "We're still in the mix. We have some winnable game, and we'll just see what happens, but I think we'll be fine."
Darien hopes to bounce back when it plays host Harding (0-11) on Friday at 7 p.m.
"We just need to get on one of those winning streaks again," Bushell said.