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Slow start sinks Wave against undefeated Eagles

Trumbull 43, Darien 31

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Kate Bushell: “She fought hard.” (Darien Times/Steven Buono file photo)

Girls Basketball

Sometimes you just have to go down swinging.

That’s what Wave girls basketball did, led by senior Kate Bushell at Trumbull Friday.

“It was her example on the court that got all of the girls continuing to fight after Trumbull took a bit of a lead on us,” said coach Katie Lauten of Darien’s 43-31 loss. “She fought hard on every rebound, took the ball strong to the hoop, and played excellent defense.”

Bushell scored 11 points on two field goals and a 4-for-6 stand at the foul line, and nabbed nine rebound, made four steals and four blocks.

Great effort, just didn’t have enough time to continue the surge at the end.

— Katie Lauten

Darien levels off to 4-4 in Lauten’s first season. And it was not a bad showing against hard driving Trumbull, which improves to 7-0 FCIAC, 9-0 overall and is first in the West Division.

Emily Stein added six points, went 4-for-4 from the stripe, had four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Kate Fiore scored three points, grabbed seven rebounds made a steal, a block.

“Great defensive game, played tough from start to finish,” said Lauten of Fiore. “Really helped to shut down their inside game.”

Kelly Karczewski scored nine points, went 2-for-4 from the line made a three, had three steals and as many rebounds.

Claire Naughton sank two points from the floor.

The Eagles jumped out to a 12-5 start in the first period and led 25-12 at the half.

It was even at eight in the third and Darien edged the hosts 11-10 in the fourth.

“(We) came within eight with a little over a minute to go,” said Lauten. “Great effort, just didn’t have enough time to continue the surge at the end.”

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