The Staples girls basketball team lost 42-36 at Danbury in double overtime and dropped to 8-3. Staples Coach Ed Huydic said, "The game was a 40-minute grind. It was a great game to win and a very tough game to lose."

The Lady Wreckers played strong defense, which kept them in the game. Huydic said, "I don't think we had any problem defensively. Any time you hold a team to 31 points [in regulation] you expect to win. I'll take a defensive effort like that any night of the week."

Senior captain guard Suvi Puritpatarrapan (nine points, one assist, four steals) was aggressive on the boards, grabbing five defensive rebounds, seven overall. Another defensive stalwart was junior Jaclyn Katz (10 points, six rebounds, five assists, one blocked shot) who had five steals.

The problem for Staples was its offense. The team shot 9-33 from outside the paint, and missed 10 lay-ups. Huydic said, "If we had had a typical offensive game like the Staples team we know, we would have won that game easily. Our problem was on the offensive end where we missed too many lay-ups and missed too many free-throws."

Katz was an offensive threat as well. She led the team in scoring and assists. Huydic said, "Jaclyn Katz has consistently proven over the season that she can play all over the court. Those kinds of numbers happen when you are aware of your teammates, play great defense, and is able to score. She is becoming a more complete player."

Other contributors for the Lady Wreckers were sophomores Jess Coelho (eight points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocked shots) and Remy Nolan (two points, one rebound), juniors Nicole Brill (five rebounds, two assists, three steals), Julie Strickland (one rebound, one assist), and MaryKate Van Sant (two points, three rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot), seniors Chelsea Salamone (five points, one rebound, one assist) and captain Maddy Krakowiak (one rebound), and freshman Erica Stein (one assist). This was Krakowiak's first game of the season. She missed the first 10 games because of a sprained MCL knee injury.

Staples hosted New Canaan last night after press time and hosts Harding tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.