Despite the losses, Fairfield Ludlowe head basketball coach Sarah Huntington is seeing signs of optimism with her team.

Unfortunately for Ludlowe, that optimism did not come from the Falcons offense on Friday night.

The Darien girls basketball team had runs of 12-0 in the first quarter and 11-0 in the third as the Blue Wave beat Ludlowe on Friday night, 52-36.

"It was like there was a lid on our basket," Huntington said. "You've got to give Darien all the respect in the world, they took us out of our offense a little bit."

Sarah Nesi led Ludlowe with 11 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Pauline Blatt recorded eight points and eight rebounds in the loss.

Nicole Buch led all scorers with 20 points to lift Darien to 7-3.

"They've got tremendously skilled basketball players," Huntington said. "I'm proud of them and how far they've come."

Ludlowe fell for the fourth time in five games, the Falcons were 3-8 entering their game last night against Stamford which was completed too late for press.

The Blue Wave ran away from Ludlowe from the outset. After the Falcons took a 3-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game, Darien went on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 14-3 lead. Ludlowe cut the advantage to 16-6 at the end of a quarter, but didn't cut the Blue Wave's advantage below nine points for the rest of the game.

"We've got to play for 32 minutes with the energy we started off with," Huntington said. "I want them to play the best they can for every possession."

Blatt scored five of her eight in the second quarter as Ludlowe was outscored by Darien in the second frame, 12-10. The Falcons trailed 28-16 at halftime.

"We responded with some poise," Huntington said.

But Darien outscored the Falcons 17-8 in the third quarter, and went on a 13-1 run between the third and fourth to put the game out of reach.

Ludlowe closed with 11 straight points to end the game led by Nesi, who scored seven of her 11 in the fourth.

Huntington was also excited by the fact that her team continued to play despite being behind so much in the fourth quarter. Ludlowe outscored the Blue Wave 12-7 in the final period.

"I'm proud of my girls," Huntington said. "They're together in every aspect."

Huntington also was confident that her team would continue to improve as the season progresses, and was happy with her team's spark, especially on the defensive end.

"There has been so much improvement every single game," Huntington said. "I think the energy is fantastic."