Darien girls basketball defeats New Canaan
Published 1:48 pm, Wednesday, January 13, 2016
NEW CANAAN — If Darien girls basketball captain Kate Fiore could complete the mission set out for her she and the rest of the Blue Wave seniors could leave knowing they beat their biggest rival twice senior year.
Fiore was tasked with face-guarding New Canaan junior Campbell Armstrong and she proved up to the task.
With Fiore all over her, Campbell was held to just one point in the second half as the Blue Wave defeated the Rams 28-23 at New Canaan Monday night.
The two team met earlier in the season with Darien taking that game as well and Fiore could not have been happier about double dipping.
“It is nice to beat our biggest rivals. Especially to come into their house and do it after we already did it in our house. It’s always fun,” Fiore said. “I man marked (Armstrong) the entire game which was difficult but overall my teammates were calling out screens and it really was a group effort.”
Fiore led Darien with six points with Katie Ramsey also adding six, Kaeleigh Morrill putting in five and Christine Fiore scoring four.
It was the fourth win in five games for Darien, which moved to 5-4 on the season.
Armstrong led all scorers with 11 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Kylie Murphy added seven for the Rams who fell to 1-7.
New Canaan lost by 15 the last time the two rivals faced off and coach Kim Palmer thinks her team played with much more confidence this time around, perhaps inspired after winning its first game Friday against McMahon.
“I think ultimately it came down to our foul shots. We missed eight foul shots and if we make those it’s a different game,” Palmer said. “We are getting better every day and when you start to grow like that your confidence goes up a little. It is a work in progress and we have a big week coming up ahead of us with Harding Wednesday and Trinity Friday. We have to learn from this game and move on.”
The Rams led 15-14 at the half but did not get on the board in the third quarter until five seconds remained.
Luckily for New Canaan, Darien was not exactly lighting up the scoreboard, keeping the Rams in the game until the end.
“Our game plan was to limit the touches Campbell Armstrong got. She is a tremendous shooter and we had to keep the ball out of her hands and I think Kate Fiore did a fantastic job,” Darien coach Steve Dunn said. “Unfortunately, I think we set basketball back a few years with our offense. Hopefully we will be able to get better on that end.”
DARIEN 28, NEW CANAAN 23
DARIEN (5-4, 2-3 FCIAC)
NEW CANAAN (1-7, 1-5 FCIAC)
Olivia Hunsinger 0 1-2 1; Leigh Charlton 1 0-0 2; Samantha Stewart 0 0-0 0; Kylie Murphy 3 1-6 7; Campbell Armstrong 4 1-2 11; Karlie Bucci 0 0-2 0; Elena Aliapoulios 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 3-12 23
3-point field goals: D - Coyle; DeNunzio. NC - Armstrong 2
DARIEN 6 8 5 9 - 28
NEW CANAAN 8 7 2 6 - 23
Fouled out: None