Darien and Staples put the defensive squeeze on each other at the LaVista Tournament, but it was the Wave squeezing out the win.
Great overall defensive effort.
— Katie Lauten
Led in scoring by Ali Aparicio with 11 points, Kate Bushell with 10 and Emily Stein’s eight, Darien beat the Wreckers 39-35 at home on New Year’s Eve in the last game of the tourney.
The Wave is 4-3 and plays at Trumbull on Friday.
Stein scored eight points on three field goals and went 2-for-4 from the stripe.
She had a tremendous time at the net, nabbing 12 rebounds, plus had two assists and a steal.
Bushell made the all-tournament team and had 11 rebounds, five steals and a block.
Aparicio made four shots from the floor and was 3-for-5 from the line.
“(She) played one if her best overall games of the season so far to help jumpstart the team to take and maintain the lead in the second half,” said first-year coach Katie Lauten, who was once an assistant coach with Staples.
Aparicio had two rebounds, two assists.
Kelly Karczewski scroed six points, made two three’s had four rebounds, one steal.
Erin Karczewski scored two points and had an assist, Claire Naughton went 2-for-4 from the foul line, had four rebounds and two assists.
“Great overall defensive effort,” Lauten said.
Darien outscored the Wreckers 12-9 in the first quarter and led 19-17 at the half.
The visitors edged the hosts 7-6 in the third quarter, but Darien outscored Staples 14-11 in the fourth.
Darien fell 53-47 in overtime in the first game of the tournament. The Cardinals outscored Darien 8-2 in extra time.
Stein had four points, seven rebounds, five assists, five steals, Bushell 18 points, 3-for-6 from the stripe, 19 rebounds, four assists, three steals, four blocks, Kate Fiore had seven rebounds.
Kelly Karczewski threw 12 points, going 4-for-7 from the line, had two three’s, and she hit her last three free throws with three seconds to go in the game to tie it and go into OT.
Kendra Fitzpatrick scored eight points, Naughton two.
Darien rallied back hard from being down 23-13 at the half.