DARIEN — After trailing for the majority of the game, Darien used a furious fourth-quarter rally to knock off Staples at home 47-36 and keep its FCIAC tournament hopes alive.
“I told them that we weren’t playing our best,” Darien coach Melba Chambers said. “And we weren’t giving 110 percent. If we play hard and give 110 percent every game, we’re hard to beat.”
The Blue Wave were able to make scoring difficult for the Wreckers with a 3-2 zone, which pressured Staples point guard Elle Fair for much of the game.
While the defense worked to keep Staples off the board, Katie Ramsay took over the bulk of the offensive load for the Blue Wave.
The senior finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds — including a stretch of six straight Blue Wave points — to lead the way for the Darien comeback.
“We were behind so I knew that someone had to take control,” Ramsay said. “And pump the whole team up, get the intensity up, and get the points when we needed them.”
Staples played the game without coach Paco Fabian, who was serving a one-game suspension after getting ejected from the Wreckers loss to Stamford last Thursday.
Arianna Gerig led the way for Staples finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
But it would not be enough as a poor shooting performance from Fair, coupled with the strong game from Ramsay proved to be too much for Staples.
The Wreckers have dropped two straight games for the first time this season, but the message for assistant coach Charles Miller — who was filling in for Fabian — was to rise above the tough stretch.
“We had a tough game against Stamford,” he said. “But we know these teams that we have lost to, we can beat them. We just have to prepare ourselves better in practice and be prepared to play a whole game.”
PLAYING WITHOUT DEFENSIVE STALWART
Along with the absence of Fabian, the Wreckers were also without co-captain Nicole Dienst. The senior was ruled out of the game earlier in the day with the flu.
As the regular season inches closer to the end, Darien is trying to make the FCIAC tournament for the first time and the seniors used that as motivation to help fuel the comeback win.
“We all at halftime were pumping each other up and really motivating each other. Everyone was saying ‘do it for the seniors.’ In all our four years we’ve never made FCIAC’s so that is a big team goal for us this year.”
DARIEN 47, STAPLES 36
STAPLES 13 11 6 6—36
DARIEN 8 10 7 22—47
STAPLES (13-5, 13-4 FCIAC)
Arianna Gerig 5 2-2 12, Marisa Shorrock 0 3-3 3, Isa Didio 0 0-0 0, Elle Fair 3 0-1 8, Amanda Troelstra 0 0-0 0, Nicole Dienst 1 0-0 3, Sophie Smith 1 0-0 2, Marley Lopez-Paul 3 1-3 7, Kate Rutter 2 0-0 4, Nicole Holmes 0 0-0 0, Abby Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 6-9 36.
DARIEN (8-9, 7-9 FCIAC)
Kelly Richter 3 2-3 10, Gwen Dolce 1 2-2 5, Lindsay Dimonekas 1 0-0 2, Katie Ramsay 10 1-3 21, Christine Fiore 1 3-8 5 Caroline Krueger 0 0-0 0 Hassana Arbubakrr 2 0-2 4. Totals: 18 8-18 47.
3-Pointers: S— Fair 2; D— Richter 2, Dolce
Highlights: D—Arbubakkrr had eight rebounds and four points; S—Didio had five rebounds