A rookie key to victory, how often does that door swing open in a big rivalry game?
Often enough for Darien High, as freshman Erin Karczewski — with sister Kelly — ruled over the court like a vet in the Wave’s 50-43 win at home Tuesday.
“She played her best game yet,” said Darien girls basketball coach Katie Lauten. “She showed much more confidence and helped set the tone from the buzzer.”
Karczewski scored 14 points on four field goals and went 6-for-6 from the foul line. She had five rebounds, made two steals, and one block.
And for that matter, how many times does a sister act crack open a game? How ever many times that is around the league, it’s likely to happen many more times for the Wave.
“Both the Karczewski sisters had great games to lead the team to the win over new Canaan tonight,” Lauten said.
Junior Kelly Karczewski led the Wave 16 points, hit three three’s, went 3-for-4 from the line, had two assists, two steals.
Darien led 17-4 at the end of the first quarter and 22-9 at the half.
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Kelly Armstrong had 22 game-high points for the Rams.
Emily Stein added five points, went 3-for-6 from the stripe, had five rebounds, five assists, one block.
“She played tough despite not feeling well,” said Lauten. “And (she) still did an excellent job on both the defensive and offensive ends.”
Senior Kate Bushell scored seven points and collared seven rebounds, made a steal and two blocks, Kate Fiore scored four points and had five rebounds and two blocks, Avery Maley grabbed a rebound with another strong game, Kendra Fitzpatrick did as well chipping in with a point, along with contributions from Kaeleigh Morrill with a rebound, Claire Naughton an assist, Dagny Belak four rebounds and Ali Aparicio with two rebounds.
Best news of all was that senior Meg Marren returned from injury with three points and 10 big rebounds, plus two blocks, two assists and a steal.
“A solid first game back,” Lauten said.