Darien kept itself in FCIAC playoffs contention with a 64-47 victory over Trinity at home Tuesday.
“The girls were clicking on all cylinders tonight,” said Wave first year coach Katie Lauten. “Trinity is a good team and we knew we couldn’t take them for granted. We also know they have come back from being down, so we could not allow ourselves to get comfortable.”
Darien led 15-9 after one period and was ahead 30-19 at the half.
It was 12-12 in the third quarter and the Wave jumped ahead with a 22-16 advantage in the fourth.
“I am extremely happy with the entire team,” said Lauten. “The girls on the court played smart, the bench gave constant support, and the fans helped make it a fun atmosphere.”
Darien is seventh in the FCIAC at 8-3 with seven regular season games to go.
Trinity drops to a tie for the last playoff spot in eighth at 7-4.
Kelly Karczewski led with a game-high 16 points on five field goals and going 3-for-4 from the foul line. She had four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Meg Marren scored 14 points, had five field goals, went 4-for-7 from the line, grabbed nine rebounds, made three assists, three steals, four blocks.
Emily Stein scored 12 points went 2-for-2 from the stripe, had five rebounds, four assists, two steals.
“Emily consistently plays at such a high level and helps raise the play of the rest of the team,” said Lauten. “She does so many little things that lead to a shot a steal, or even just maintaining possession.”
Freshman Erin Karczewski scored seven points and hit a three, had a rebound, six assists and made a steal.
“Another solid game on both offense and defense,” Lauten said.
Senior Kate Bushell went 2-for-2 from the line, had three rebounds, an assist, three steals.
“(She) had some key rebounds and steals,” said Lauten. “(She) got into foul trouble, but for the minutes she was out on the court, she gives everything she has.”
Freshman Kate Fiore went 2-for-2 from the line, had three rebounds, an assist and a steal, and “played tough under the boards,” Lauten added.
Dagny Belak scored seven points, made a steal, had four rebounds.
“Dagny is coming into games and being a great impact player,” Lauten said. “Ripping down rebounds, cleaning up the boards, playing with confidence, it’s a lot of fun to see her improve with each game.”
Kendra Fitzpatrick finished wit two poins and two rebound, one steal, Claire Naughton had two points and made a block.
“(Naughton) gives solid defense to the team,” Lauten said.