Meg Marren made her 1,000th point, and first-year coach Katie Lauten had one point to make about that.
She came out strong and ended strong.
— Katie Lauten
“It not only meant a lot to her tonight, it meant a lot to everybody, and that’s what is so great about these girls,” Lauten said following Darien’s 62-25 win over Norwalk at home on Tuesday. “We do everything as a team.”
Marren, a four-season Wave standout and captain who has been hampered by injury throughout her career, scored 22 points, making it 1,000 all-time on her fifth of the night in the opening quarter.
She was 4-for-6 from the foul line, had seven rebounds, five assists, eight steals, six blocks.
“Meg really had one of her best games of the season tonight,” said Lauten. “It’s like we didn’t lose any practice time. She came out strong and ended strong.”
Marren’s teammates felt strongly about her.
“Everyone was so happy for her, reaching her thousandth point, especially after battling through injury every year,” Lauten added.
Kate Bushell scored 17 points including landing four three’s, went 3-for-4 from the stripe, had five rebounds, three assists, one steal.
“Kate came out on fire when we started the half, hitting all of her three-pointers in the third quarter,” Lauten said. “She was a little cold starting the game, which is bound to happen after we had a few days off due to the weather, but she is a contender, simply adjusted, and found her flow.”
Darien had nine points from Emily Stein, who grabbed five rebounds, had as many assists, four steals and two blocks.
Erin Karczewski had two points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal; Kate Fiore two points, two rebounds, two steals; Avery Maley one steal; Kelly Karczewski five points, two rebounds, three assists; Claire Naughton had a block; Kendra Fitzpatrick three points, one rebound, two steals.
“Dagny Belak worked hard in the paint,” said Lauten. “Kaeleigh Morrill showed lots of good hustle plays.”
Ali Aparicio added two points, six rebounds, three assists and made a steal.
“Ali always gives 100 percent on the floor,” said Lauten. “She is often mismatched against bigger players, yet she finds a way to box out her man and get the rebound.
“She is also always one of the first players on the floor after a loose ball or to get a defensive tip. She was a great impact player on the court tonight.”
Darien moved the ball well horizontally as well as up and at the basket.
“The passes our team threw to each other were some of the best I’ve seen all season,” Lauten said. “They are leading each other to the basket, aware of the man-up situations, finding the open player for the shot and finishing.
“It’s so nice to see that all our hard work on the defensive end is now leading to points on the offensive end.”
Wave players are leading each other to the basket, led by, the seniors.
“I’m very proud of our seniors, and could not have imagined a more perfect Senior Night for them,” said Lauten, with the night dedicated to Marren, Bushell and Aparicio. “Despite all the issues with weather and rescheduling, everything worked out.”