Emily Stein scored eight points in Darien’s sixth straight win. But it wasn’t her scoring that made the difference in the Wave’s 45-30 victory at Staples on Friday night.
“She was assigned to Nikki Bukovsky, who really hurt us the last time we played Staples, and she did a phenomenal job guarding her,” Wave girls basketball coach Katie Lauten, said. “We tried switching to a zone, and immediately Bukovsky (17 points) started getting open looks and hitting shots. As soon as we switched back to man and Emily was back on her, that stopped.”
Stein hit two threes, had four offensive rebounds, three assists, four steals.
Darien, in the FCIAC playoffs running, improves to 9-3 while Staples, not in the top eight, drops to 5-7.
Darien took a 16-2 lead in the first period was ahead 22-8 at the half.
Meg Marren had a game-high 20 points on six field goals and went 8-for-12 from the foul line.
“Meg has such a presence on the court and really hasn’t missed a beat since returning from injury,” said Lauten. “If anything, sitting out those games only made her hungrier to come back and she is playing with such control and confidence, it’s nice to see.”
Marren snared nine rebounds, flipped an assist, made four steals and one block.
Kate Bushell scored six points, had two rebounds, an assist, two blocks.
“She also gets a lot of defensive tips and hustle plays that may not count as an official stat,” said Lauten. “But (they) really make a difference in the game.”
Erin Karczewski finished with five points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal, Kate Fiore two points, three rebounds.
Kelly Karczewski added four points and went 2-for-2 from the stripe.
“(She) was matched up most of the game with Erika Stein to keep her scoring to a minimum,” said Lauten. “(She) worked hard to not let her get any easy baskets.”
Karczewski had three rebounds, five assists, five steals.
And Ali Aparicio “had a few tough defensive plays,” Lauten added.