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A win and a ‘wake-up call’ for Wave

Darien 49, Fairfield Warde 41

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Darien will begin FCIAC playoffs Saturday, with a hustling freshman in Erin Karczewski. (Photo courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The alarm bell went off just in time to begin to rise for the FCIAC playoffs.

“This was definitely a wake-up call to the girls,” girls basketball coach Katie Lauten said of the Wave’s 49-41 win at Fairfield Warde on Wednesday. “Warde is a good team, and to come right off of the Norwalk game and travel to Warde took some adjusting.”

Erin (Karczewski) was literally diving on the floor to keep possession for the team.

— Katie Lauten

Playing back-to-back beating both Bears and Mustangs, Darien improves to 13-4 and fights in its final regular season game for playoff position vs. Stamford.

And it is Stamford that Darien needs to fight. The Wave can move up a place with a win on Thursday for its third game in as many days.

Going into today’s game against the Knights (14-3) Darien is in sixth place.

Losing to fifth place Stamford could push DHS to seventh or eighth seed.

Playoffs start Saturday at the home of the higher seed.

“Luckily, we had some great leadership on the court, Emily Stein handled the ball extremely well and made a lot of plays happen,” Lauten said. “Erin (Karzcewski), Kelly (Karczewski) and Kate Bushell had some key three-pointers and Erin was literally diving on the floor to keep possession for the team.

“It’s those type of hustle plays that (make the difference).”

One-thousand-point career scorer, senior Meg Marren led with a game-high 17 points, went 3-for-9 from the foul line, had 13 rebounds, one assist, five steals, two blocks.

“Meg worked on going up strong to the hoop and under control,” Lauten said. “(She was) showing her strength by hitting shots despite also getting the foul call.”

Darien led 26-20 at the half, was outscored 9-7 in the third quarter and won the fourth 16-12.

Bushell scored nine points, had four rebounds, three assists; Stein scored eight points, had four rebounds, five assists; Kelly Karczewski had nine points, one rebound, one steal; Erin Karczewki had six points, seven rebounds, two assists; Kendra Fitzpatrick added an assist; Kate Fiore had three rebounds, 1 steal; Dagny Belak one rebound.

Warde: Treglia three points; Burns six; Markovic six; Kerrigan four; McKenna nine; Fountain 11.

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