Fairfield Warde girls basketball coach Dave Danko realizes that Pauline Blatt is the straw that stirs Fairfield Ludlowe's proverbial drink.

Pauline, and her sister Charlotte, stirred up a strong one on Tuesday.

The Blatt sisters combined for 33 points, keying the Falcons' 53-42 win over Warde at Ludlowe.

"I knew that (Pauline) Blatt was the difference," Danko said. "That girl ... she's playing like a center."

Pauline Blatt added seven rebounds, and Caroline Pangallo scored eight points as the Falcons improved to 9-6. Ludlowe also put behind it a dreadful home loss to Stamford on Friday night.

"We learned something from Stamford," Ludlowe coach Sarah Huntington said. "We came off that loss, and we said `what was the difference between Stamford and us: their toughness' and that was one of the things that we stressed."

Huntington also beat Warde for the first time in four tries.

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"It feels great," Huntington said. "It always feel great to win that, and I haven't won it yet, this is the first time, so I'm excited."

Michelle Treglia led Warde with 10 points. Tiara Fountain added eight, as Warde fell to 7-8.

"We got outplayed," Danko said. "We were getting outworked on the boards."

After the game was tied 26-26 at halftime, the Falcons outscored Warde 19-8 in the third quarter. The Blatts combined for 12 of Ludlowe's 19, as the Falcons led 45-34 after three.

"I was really feeling it tonight," Pauline said. "We just wanted to win."

Ludlowe's Von Ehr, who grabbed five rebounds, spearheaded Ludlowe's staunch defensive effort. Ludlowe held the Mustangs to just six second-half field goals.

"In the second half, we didn't let them dictate the game," Von Ehr said.

"We picked up the intensity of defense, and that carried over into our offense."

Warde dictated the first-half pace forcing 14 Ludlowe turnovers, as the Mustangs led by as many as five. But the Falcons used a 6-0 run to take the lead. 12-11, after one quarter.

Kaitlin McKenna scored all six of her

points in the second quarter, as the Mustangs outscored Ludlowe 15-14. McKenna also added seven rebounds and four steals.

"I thought we were the better team in the first half," Danko said.

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Fairfield Ludlowe 53, Fairfield Warde 42

Warde (7-8, 6-7 FCIAC)

Michelle Treglia 4 2-2 10 Kenzie Burns 1 0-0 2 Lejla Markovic 2 0-0 5 Mollie Kerrigan 1 1-2 3 Carley Strachan 2 2-2 6 Kaitlin McKenna 2 2-2 6 Rachel Maltz 1 0-0 2 Tiara Fountain 3 0-0 8 Totals 16 7-8 42

Ludlowe (9-6, 8-5 FCIAC)

Julia Von Ehr 2 2-3 6 Sara Grabowski 0 0-0 0 Sydney Foulk 2 0-0 4 Regan Steed 0 2-2 2 Caroline Pangallo 3 2-3 8 Alex McKinnon 0 0-0 0 Julia Pangallo 0 0-0 0 Pauline Blatt 8 5-6 21 Alex Poitras 1 0-0 2 Charlotte Blatt 3 4-6 10 Trish Auray 0 0-0 0 Totals 19 15-20 53.

WARDE 11 15 8 8-- 42

LUDLOWE 12 14 19 8-- 53

3-pointers: FW 3 (Fountain 2, Markovic).