NEW MILFORD – Once Ridgefield settled down and relaxed, the Royals were in the prime place they wanted to be. The winning one.
Starting off both halves with big runs, Ridgefield earned a 45-37 victory over New Milford in an NJIC Liberty Division game Tuesday. Ridgefield, which has won six of its last seven games, improved to 15-5 overall and 10-2 within the Liberty. That leaves the winners in second place, behind only unbeaten Secaucus.
“We just had to become locked in and patient with our attack, and that’s when we were able to take some control of the game,” said Ridgefield captain Emma Rush, a senior guard/forward. “Sometimes we get too far ahead of ourselves and think ourselves out of successfully completing an important task when the play is right in front of us. Today we just put our heads down and got the job done.”
Ridgefield, ranked 23rd in The Record girls basketball Top 25, burst out to a 13-point lead with 57 seconds left in the first quarter, with Rush putting in six points. Two free throws by Taylor Jakuc made it a 15-2 game before New Milford began to slowly work its way back in.