The Wave had a big game from Meg Marren as it stayed undefeated edging Ludlowe 47-45 in its home opener last Friday.
The senior Marren scored 14 points on five field goals and going 4-for-9 on free throws.
She had a triple-double with 14 points, 14 blocks, 21 rebounds.
“She played during the summer,” first-year Wave coach Katie Lauten said. “So she’s really ready to come back.”
Marren is a dominant player, who has been set back from really breaking out, with a foot/ankle injury at times during her career.
Darien outscored the visitors 9-8 in the first quarter and held a 21-18 lead at the half.
In the third quarter it was the Falcons with the slight edge 15-14 and it was all even 12-12 in the fourth.
“It was real back-and-forth,” said Lauten, who played for Wilton High, graduating in 2002 and then with Manhattanville (Class of 2006) and is coaching for the first time after assisting at New Canaan with the Rams girls’ team. “It was a good game. Ludlowe’s really well coached. They were ready for the stuff we threw at them.”
Emily Stein had seven points on two field goals and one three; Erin Karczewski five points, two buckets, going 1-for-3 from the line; senior Kate Bushell had three points and was 1-for-4 from the stripe; Kate Fiore added two points; Kelly Karczewski six points, 2-for-4; Kendra Fitzpatrick four points; senior Ali Aparicio four points; Claire Naughton two field goals.
“We were so hyped-up for our home opener; I think it was almost too much,” said Lauten. “Almost an over-sensory-type thing.”
Bushell, one of the Wave’s best for a few years now, was really amped-up.
“She got in foul trouble early,” said Lauten. “She had to sit for most of the first half.”
Not where you want Bushell to be. But the Wave bench made the best of it.
“So that was tough,” added Lauten. “But we had a lot of kids step up.”
Freshman Erin Karczewski was one of them.
“Kate Fiore too,” Lauten said. “They are the two that really stepped up when they had to.”
Captains are Bushell, Marren and Aparicio, who was out last season with injury.
Darien hosts Westhill 7 p.m. Friday.