Another BL tourney title for the Bears. Schaefer drains six 3's in 58-39 win over Nonnewaug.
THOMASTON: Not sure if a more subdued celebration of a tournament title has ever been seen as it was on Thursday night by a team and town that has to know these things as common place.
A fifth consecutive Berkshire League Tournament, okay, next.
Such is the life with the Thomaston girls basketball team who rolled to a 58-39 win over Nonnewaug on the strength of a dozen three pointers, six by senior Nicole Schaefer and a 28-point third quarter that woke a sleepy offense that struggled in the first half.
After the Golden Bears had taken care of the Chiefs for the third time this year, there was no celebration, no jubilation, no rushing of the court by the fan base.
Just a feeling of business as usual. This program is very used to doing what they did Thursday night, their ultimate goal is always bigger than the BL tournament and they hope it ends up at a familiar place, Mohegan Sun the third weekend of March.
The Bears are deep, the Bears can beat you in any number of ways with any number of players, not just the ones who have led the program to consecutive Class S championships.
On Thursday, the Bears struggled against a Nonnewaug zone in the first half, unable to get much of anything working inside.
The home team didn’t even break onto the scoreboard until the 4:13 mark of the first quarter when senior Morgan Sanson drove for her only points of the night.
Their best friend, the three ball, came alive late in the quarter when Julia Quinn (13 points) and Schaefer (game high 18 points) drained a pair and started a trend.
Nonnewaug battled back from a 10-4 deficit after one, pulling within one at 13-12 on a drive by Courtney Carlson (16 points) but Casey Carangelo (11 points) drained a three ball to keep the visitors at arm’s length.
That theme would repeat itself each time the Chiefs would get close as the defending champs went into the half with a 23-16 lead.
A tough half of basketball but as usual, the Bears came out hot in the third quarter as Schaefer and Quinn combined for six long balls in the frame that resulted in the 28-point session that pushed the lead to 21 after three at 51-30.
The state tournament starts on Monday for the top ranked Bears as they host No. 32 University (7-11) at 7p.m.
Game one of what they hope will be five game winning streak that will end another celebration, this time a livelier one, at their home away from home in Uncasville.
Thomaston 58, Nonnewaug 39
Nonnewaug 4 12 14 9 39
Thomaston 10 13 28 7 58
Nonnewaug (39): Courtney Carlson 5-6-16, Mary Bibbey 2-1-5, Jennie Wingard 2-0-4, Jen Charette 3-0-7, Deanna Maurice 2-2-6, Totals: 14-9-39
Thomaston (58): Morgan Sanson 1-0-2, Julia Quinn 3-4-13, Casey Carangelo 4-2-11, Nicole Schaefer 6-0-18, Alexa Sanson 1-0-3, Gabrielle Hurlbert 3-0-7, Charlotte Eberhardt 2-0-4, Totals: 20-6-58