Darien’s loss at states was one-sided, but there was more than a single side to the story of the game.
They have no reason to hang their heads.
— Katie Lauten
“This was a very emotional game for our three seniors,” said Wave coach Katie Lauten of Meg Marren, Ali Aparicio and Kate Bushell’s efforts in a 78-52 road loss to Career Magnet in the Class LL second round on Friday. “They went farther than they ever had before in their basketball careers, and yet it made them want more, and I wanted it for them.”
Darien, the 11th seed, finishes the season at 16-6.
Sixth seed Career advances to the quarters vs. No. 3 Trumbull (19-2) the Eagles host on Thursday.
Added Lauten: “They have no reason to hang their heads after this game, and can look back on their Blue Wave basketball career with pride.”
The Wave trailed 12-10 after one period, but had it knotted at 18 at one point in the second, although Darien finished the half down 38-20.
“They ended the half with a big run,” Lauten said of Career.
Darien had 16 points in each of the last two quarters.
Marren led Darien with 13 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and one block.
It was a tough time at the foul line for her going an uncharacteristic 5-for-17.
“I know Meg was getting frustrated with her shooting, but she was up against some very talented players, and really hadn’t been challenged in the paint the way she was in this game all season,” Lauten, finishing her first season as coach, said. “She still made a lot of good things happen, grabbing rebounds, fighting for loose balls, and was a huge factor in breaking the press, the way she always came to the ball to help.”
Kate Fiore landed 10 points and was 4-for-5 from the line. She had six rebounds, two steals.
“Kate came to play,” said Lauten. “She did not let being in a different gym or against aggressive opponents phase her at all. She matched their intensity, even went above.
“With 10 points, she scored her season high, driving and making strong moves to the basket, as well being solid on the free throw line.”
Erin Karczewski scored nine points and was 5-for-6 from the stripe. She had three rebounds, three assists, a steal, two blocks.
“Erin really stepped up tonight, filling in at the starting point guard position for Emily Stein, who could not attend due to strep throat,” Lauten said. “She really held her own against an aggressive, tough team.”
Bushell had nine points, was 4-for-5 from the line, had six rebounds, two steals.
“Kate helped pick up the responsibility of handling the ball a bit with Emily out,” Lauten said.
Kelly Karczewski added eight points, had two rebounds, two steals.
“Unfortunately in attempting to take a charge she went down hard and had to come out in the fourth quarter,” said Lauten. “But that just showed how much these girls wanted this game.
“They were sacrificing their bodies to make plays.”
Aparicio was a good example.
“An emotional leader on the team, Ali played extremely tough, and always helps keep the girls’ heads up,” said Lauten.
Kendra Fitzpatrick scored three points and had one rebound.
“One of our quickest players, she was matched up at times with Career’s point guard, and Kendra did a great job never letting her get comfortable with the ball,” Lauten added. “She was always right in her face, forcing her to make a play.”
Claire Naughton had a block, Kaeleigh Morrill a steal.
Also in the game for Darien: Avery Maley, Kate Richter, Dagny Belak, and Casey Ryan.
Career: Alyssa Alston 19, Tanaya Atkinson 25, Nicole Anderson 10, Kelsey Gibbons seven, Charlese Smith one, Alivia Roseboro one, Vinnie Brantle two, Bianca Dennison four, Dajah Lanier nine.