Wilton girls hoop team pummels Darien

Wilton High girls basketball head coach Jaclyn Porco wants her senior-laden team to take it one game at a time this season.

The message appears to be resonating.

Instead of overlooking any opponents the Warriors are blowing them out. The latest conquest was Darien, which was trampled by Wilton, 67-24, on Tuesday night at the Zeoli Field House.

It was the 16th straight victory for the Warriors (16-1), who have not lost since dropping the season opener to Fairfield Ludlowe.

“Yeah, we’re having a great regular season so far, but we’ve had them before," said Porco. "We just need to carry the mental toughness into the post-season. In prior years, and again this season, the girls have the skills to compete with any team; we just need to be better mentally prepared in the playoffs.

"We work hard in practice," added Porco. "The team’s confidence and energy level are high; we just have to come out and be the better team on the court every night."

Erica Meyer won the opening tip and Erin Cunningham put in a teammate's miss to get Wilton started on a 7-0 run. The home team's lead grew to 18-5 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Warriors gave Darien the wave goodbye by running their lead to 42-13 at the halftime.

The Warriors had a good night on defense, shutting down the Blue Wave throughout the contest. Wilton was able to get by the Darien picks and showed good player rotation, not allowing open looks for Darien.

Cunningham poured in 17 points, all in the first half, to lead the charge. Cunningham now needs only 35 points to reach 1,000 for her career and become only the third Wilton girls basketball player to achieve that feat.

"I really don’t even think about it,” said Cunningham. “I would much rather focus on winning the FCIAC championship. We need to stay focused every game and not play to the level of our competition. We need to play hard every time we hit the floor."

With Wilton comfortably ahead, Porco rested her starters and went to her reserves midway through the third period. Hannah Maatallah and Emily Tuin came off the bench and had six points each.

Meyer was one rebound away from a triple-double, as she finished the night with 10 points, 11 blocked shots and nine rebounds, despite playing just three quarters. Karen Brosko added nine points, and Makenna Pearsall had eight points and eight steals.