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Darien YMCA 7th-Grade Girls Dig Defense

The Darien YMCA seventh-grade girls basketball team is defined by its defense. In Saturday's 32-12 win over the St. Mary's of Ridgefield squad, the Darien girls put on a defense clinic.

Darien held Ridgefield scoreless in the second and third quarters en route to a 33-13 victory in a Fairfield County Basketball League game at Middlesex Middle School. On Sunday, Darien's defense dug in again in a 32-18 victory over Wilton to improve to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the league. Darien has held opponents to 25 points or less in its last four games, and only four teams have scored more than 30. Darien is 1-3 in those games.

"Our defense is what defines us,'' said coach Erin McHugh. "Our defense keeps us in games and wins games."

Kaeleigh Morrill scored eight points to lead Darien, while Daphne Budd and Casey Ryan had five each. Eight players contributed points.

"We're just trying to keep getting better as a team and see what works for us,'' McHugh said. "I expect them to work hard, and if we do that, we'll have a good season. We have a little bit more work to do as we get ready for the playoffs (in March)."

Darien's only league loss is to the undefeated Fairfield PAL Storm, which came when the team returned from a break for the holidays. Darien plays in the A Division of the league, while Fairfield is in the B Division. Among A Division teams, Newtown and Darien are tied with one league loss. Darien defeated Newtown, 47-44, earlier this season.

Darien returns to action this weekend with games against Stamford on Friday and against Trumbull on Saturday at Middlesex.

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