Adamski, Spartans Sparkle
Adamski, Spartans Sparkle
WOODBURY – There were few things things that looked better than Dennis Fowler’s festive pink tie Friday night. But, his team’s play was one of them.
How good were Fowler’s Lewis Mills Spartans? Well, one fan laid this on the head coach shortly after a 67-38 thumping of Nonnewaug – “That was tremendous, like watching the Boston Celtics.”
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the rest of the Celtics were nowhere near the Ed Sadlon Gymnasium, but Amanda Adamski, Tara Plocharczyk and Company were and they were downright impressive. Scary good if you are the rest of the Berkshire League.
You know the Spartans are good – a prohibitive BL title favorite good. But watching them just reinforces it all. The Chiefs (1-3) hung for a quarter and then found out first hand what the Spartans are all about.
The Chiefs trailed just 8-7 a little more than halfway through the first period. It looked like game was on. By half it was 38-13 Mills. Just for the record that’s a 30-6 burnout that including a run of 15 unanswered points at one point.
While Nonnewaug’s Caitlin Drakeley (16 points) scored all nine of her team’s points in the first quarter and the team’s only four baskets in the first half, Mills was unloading the arsenal and that starts with the talented Adamski.
After a quiet first quarter, the senior went to work. Up and under for a basket, a trio of passes from Plocharczyk that went for a three-point play and a couple of eye-opening, head-turning moves for buckets.”
“She only got two touches in the first quarter,” said Fowler. “She’s our go-to player and a big horse to be riding.”
“Whenever I’m open, it seems to work,” said a humble Adamski.
The problem for everybody that tangles with Mills this season is that it only starts with Adamski. Plocharczyk when not playing Rajon Rondo and finding Adamski for points was nailing a three-pointer and scoring from down low.
Katherine Bayne drilled a three-pointer from the side and Teagan Dunn added a hoop from down low. Heck, you can only guard so many players.
“They have five starters that play very well together,” said Nonnewaug coach John Somero. “With their size, they are dominating. Kids like that are a lot of fun to coach.”
Just not a lot fun to coach against.
Adamski finished with a game high 26 points while Plocharczyk had 13 points.
Somero admitted the Spartans size and defense was as good as its offense. The Chiefs shot just 11-for-41 on the night with 20 turnovers. After Drakeley, offense came in dribs and drabs or not at all.
“It’s tough to run an offense against a team so dominating. You struggle,” said Somero.
The lead hit a high of 31 points on several occasions in a second half marked by liberal substitution.
The Spartans have run through four opponents to date as the BL is shaping up as Mills and then everybody else. It is not a position the Spartans are shying away from.
“It’s the position we’re in and we’re going to relish the position,” said Fowler. “We said from Day One that we were the favorite and when you are the favorite you have to act like the favorite.”
Adamski said the expectations lead to motivation.
“It makes us work harder because people expect us to beat teams,” said Adamski.
There are challenges ahead. Wamogo is off to a slow start but should be able to regroup. Thomaston and Housatonic are surprising early. But at this point, it is Mills. It certainly was Friday night.
As the fan said, they looked like the Celtics. Scary if you are on the other side.
Lewis Mills 67, Nonnewaug 38
Lewis Mills (4-0): Amanda Adamski 12 2 26, Katherine Bayne 3 0 7, Nicole Bisson 1 1 4, Alica Forella 1 0 2, Tara Plocharczyk 5 1 13, Kristen Van Gilst 1 2 4, Cassidy Lockwood 0 0 0, Hope Shevchuk 0 1 1, Teagan Dunn3 2 8, Erika Daigle 1 0 2, Vicky Hernandez 0 0 0, Hope Sherman 0 0 0, Totals 27 9 67.
Nonnewaug (1-3): Caitlin Drakeley 4 6 16, Allie Rescasnski 0 0 0, Erin South 1 3 6, Katie Burke 1 4 6, Kira Bartoletta 0 0 0, Madie Haskins 2 2 6, Casey Tharau 0 0 0, Maddie Lasure 1 0 2, Ally Charette 0 0 0, Melissa Batista 1 0 2, Totals 10 15 38.
Lewis Mills 15 23 15 14—67
Nonnewaug 9 4 10 15—38
3-point goals: LM – Plocharczyk 2, Bayne 1, Bisson 1; N – Drakeley 2, South 1.