Greenwich girls hold off late Ridgefield charge, beat Tigers 55-44

The Greenwich High School girls basketball team had everything going for them early against Ridgefield High School.

They had a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 28-13 at the half. However the Tigers kept clawing back, getting as close as five points during several times in the fourth quarter.

But those five points were as close as Ridgefield would get, as Greenwich pulled away late for the 55-44 victory Tuesday night.

“We came out with a really good start,” Greenwich head coach Chrys Hernandez said. “We knew what our game plan was going into it and really stuck to it. We really wanted to be aggressive and match their intensity. Ridgefield is a really good team and I thought we were still a little sluggish on our feet getting to the loose balls, despite the lead we had. That carried over into the third quarter a little bit. Overall, I am really proud of our team today.”

Big Red was led by Caroline Beneville, who finished with 11 points and added five assists and three steals. Abbie Wolf was also stellar for Greenwich, finishing with six points and leading the team with 11 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals.

Not to be outdone was Jaime Kockenmeister, who added a game-high 14 points and had seven rebounds. Leigh Galleta added 10 points, while Colleen Bennett and Alexa Moses each netted four points.

“I thought Abbie had a really good game offensively and defensively,” Hernandez said. “This might be one of her two complete games she played this year. We are still trying to bring her along. Jaime did a really good job and Colleen Bennett was strong off the bench. This whole team played really well tonight and we needed that to beat Ridgefield.”

While she wasn’t the team’s leading scorer, Rebecca DeCarlo finished with six points, but it was her play when not shooting and on defense that stood out. She added four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“She has been a great sixth man off the bench for us,” Hernandez said. “As a captain, it’s been a tough pill to swallow not to start and to come off the bench. She knows that her intensity and her energy off the bench is the spark that we need. That’s exactly what we got tonight.”

For the Tigers, Sandra Carpenter finished with a team-high 11 points, while Jessica Camarda added nine. Rebecca Lawrence added eight points and Andrew Ferrero pitched in with six. Andrea Bedard took home four points in the losing effort.

“They did a great job transitioning to start with and we just weren’t there to begin with,” Ridgefield head coach Katie Reed said. “That’s not like us recently. We got better this season in the first quarter.”

Trailing by 15 to start the third quarter, Ridgefield came storming back, as Bedard connected on her drive to the hoop late to cut the lead to 32-25.

“We talk about defensive intensity and pressuring the ball and pressuring their guards,” Reed said. “We did a better job of that in the second half. It was always just a couple of possessions where we just couldn’t get back again on defense and that killed us. Kudos to them because they did a good job.”

However, Greenwich held strong, as DeCarlo had a huge steal and scored three of the team’s final five points of the quarter. With a second on the clock, Bennett hit a jumper form the baseline that gave Greenwich the 37-27 advantage.

Again, the Tigers wouldn’t go away quietly. Taking advantage of shots that weren’t falling, Ridgefield used its aggressive style to cut the lead back to five. Lawrence knocked down her free throws and Camarda drained a long distance three-pointer to make the score 42-37.

Just like the third quarter, Greenwich’s defense came up huge, as DeCarlo, Kockenmeister and Wolf made key stop and Leigh Galletta and Wolf combined on scoring the next six points to put the game out of reach.

With the victory, Greenwich improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

“I think we are at a really good point right now,” Hernandez said. “We are not too high and not too low. I still think we need to get a lot more consistent before I am comfortable with anything. We are still a very young team. Despite as hard as they play, they are still young and have a lot of work to do.”

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