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Warde-Norwalk game story

Fairfield Warde coach Dave Danko instructs his team, including Rachel Maltz (22) and Tiana Fountain (32). The Mustangs improved to 6-3 with a 58-47 victory over Norwalk High on Friday.

The Fairfield Warde girls basketball team was at the top of its game to start its FCIAC matchup with Norwalk High in Fairfield on Friday.
Coach Dave Danko’s Mustangs were using their defense to score points on offense, and Warde was executing well on each possession.
A 12-0 start carried Warde to a 58-47 victory, as the locals improved to 6-3 while Norwalk fell to 2-5.
Warde scored on 8-of-10 possessions to open the game, and shot 5-for-6 from the floor.
Rachel Maltz, Michele Treglia, Kenzie Burns and Tiara Fountain worked the sideline trap to perfection, and when the Bears got loose, Kaitlin McKenna was steady-eddie as the last line of defense.
Fountain scored six points and had two assists, as Warde took a 17-6 lead into the second stanza.
Treglia scored on a pair of breakaways, Maltz had a hand in three steals and made two free throws, and Burns had a basket and a pair of steals.
McKenna scored on a feed from Burns. She blocked three shots and had seven rebounds, three on the offensive glass.
Warde doesn’t boast a senior, and Norwalk only one. But her name is Emma Oyomba and she is a handful.
Oyomba scored only two baskets in the opening period, but that began Norwalk’s long road back into the game.
When the Bears beat the trap, multiple shots spun in and then out. As Warde cooled off (it finished the first quarter 0-for-8), Norwalk edged closer.
The second period played out even at 10 apiece, with Warde’s Lejla Markovic coming off the bench to toss in a 3-pointer off a kickout pass from Carley Strachan.
Norwalk played good team defense, and its frontcourt players never left their feet and made shooting over them difficult.
Warde was 4-of-19 from the floor and 1-for-4 from the line in the period.
Norwalk, used fine interior passing to account for its four baskets, and went 4-for-14 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the line.
The Mustangs used a series of quality possessions to ward off the Bears in the third period.
The game was at 31-22 after another basket by Oyomba and a Warde turnover, when McKenna blocked Oyomba at one end.
Markovic grabbed the ball and pushed it up court, where the freshman found Treglia with an open lane and the junior banked it home.
Fountain stole a midcourt inbounds pass and fed Markovic for another hoop.
Strachan and Burns forced another turnover, and this time, Strachan located Mary Kate McTague in the left corner with a skip pass, and the junior drained a 3-pointer.
Mollie Kerrigan, who had done a good job inside in reserve, got inside position and scored on a putback. The freshman was fouled and added the free throw for a 43-22 lead with 1:13 left in the third.
Oyomba, who scored 25 points, tallied off a rebound to stop the 12-0 run, but Markovic wasn’t done, as she tossed in a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the other side of midcourt.
Burns had five points and an assist in the final frame, and Samantha Dunn buried a 3-pointer off an assist from McTague.
Norwalk scored the game’s final 13 points.

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