Rene, No. 1 Norwalk wear down Danbury
NORWALK—The Norwalk girls basketball team was not hitting outside shots early against Danbury.
Luckily for the Bears, senior forwards Sanaa Boyd and Naeva Rene were there to gather the misses on the offensive glass.
Danbury hung with the No. 1 ranked Bears for most of three quarters but eventually found the inside play by the Bears too much to overcome, falling 55-35.
Norwalk remains unbeaten at 16-0, 12-0 in the FCIAC while Danbury falls to 11-4 and 9-2.
Danbury coach Jackie DiNardo stays at career win no. 499 for the time being. The Hatters host Bridgeport Central Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a chance to secure win No. 500.
Rene not only secured multiple offensive rebounds, she also got out and scored in transition, putting up a game-high 16 points for the Bears.
“In the second half, we were able to get ourselves together and work as a team and make sure we got the win in the end,” Rene said. “I was bale to get those rebounds and put them back up. When they fed me inside I was able to get those up, too. Felt good tonight.”
Belinda Hunt had 9 for Norwalk while Boyd and Ashley Wilson added eight each.
Norwalk led by eight heading into the final quarter but using a 12-0 run at the beginning of the fourth, put the Hatters to bed for the night.
DiNardo said her team did well hanging with the Bears but ultimately got worn down inside the paint.
“I thought we were holding our own and doing really well,” DiNardo said. “We got banged around and (Rene) got three or four put-back rebounds and that kind of burst our bubble. They have to learn that no matter what happens, you have to keep going. Tonight, I think we just deflated.”
Danbury got 10 points apiece from Ty’Lynn Ith and Tianna Rogers.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Naeva Rene, Norwalk: Rene dominated inside all night with her scoring, rebounding and defense, swatting several Danbury shots.
“(Rene) is just super athletic and she can out-jump anybody,” Norwalk coach Ricky Fuller said. “If she was on a track team she would break the high-jump record. She can dunk a tennis ball. I have never had a girl as athletic as she is. When the shots aren’t falling, it is nice to get those girls inside putting them back up.”
NORWALK 55 DANBURY 35
DANBURY 8 9 8 10--35
NORWALK 11 10 16 18--55
DANBURY (11-4, 9-2) Tianna Rogers 5 0-2 10 Sabrina Almeida0 0-0 0 Susana Almeida 3 0-2 9 Tanisha Cunningham 1 0-2 2 Ty’Lynn Ith 4 2-4 10 Kianna Perry 1 2-3 3 Chloe Perrault 0 0-0 0 Iyanna Neal 0 0-0 0 Totals: 14 4-13 35
NORWALK (16-0, 12-0) Ashley Wilson 2 2-2 8 Sanaa Boyd 3 2-4 8 Carsyn Langhorn 1 3-4 5 Anaijah Morgan 0 2-2 2 Belinda Hunte 4 0-0 9 Jakara Murray-Leach 2 1-2 5 Naeva Rene 7 2-2 16 Serenity Mayhew 1 0-0 2 Lamia Ashley 0 0-0 0 Totals: 20 12-16 55
3-point field goals: D-- Susana Almeida 3; N—Wilson 2, Hunte
Fouled out: None