This Week in LCS History. February 23, 2013. Thomaston puts the icing on the cake with blowout of Lewis Mills.
THOMASTON - With one title already under their belts the Thomaston girls’ basketball team went out Friday night and emphatically won another.
Maggie Eberhardt led the way with 17 points while Abby Hurlbert added 15 and Sydney Keith had 12 to lead the Bears to a 50-35 victory over Lewis Mills in the Berkshire League Tournament final at Thomaston High.
The Bears improve to 20-2 on the season and wrapped up an impressive double having won both the BL regular season and tournament titles in consecutive years. Better yet, they left no doubt who the league's best team is this year, improving to 3-0 against the Spartans this season.
The matchup was highly anticipated. Thomaston is one of the top teams in Class S and Mills had been playing as well as any team entering the game and was coming off an impressive double-digit victory over Nonnewaug in the BL semis. The anticipation didn't match the reality, unless you were a Bears fan, as Eberhardt and Thomaston jumped out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter.
"We knew it was going to be important to come out and land the first shot and we connected with a haymaker," Thomaston coach Bob McMahon said. "These girls deserve it. They've put in a lot of hard work in this gym, they've put up with a lot and they have done it to have nights like this."
It was a night where Thomaston did little wrong and Lewis Mills (17-6) could do nothing right. Eberhardt hit jumpers and created, Hurlbert was a force at both ends and Keith drained a pair of 3-pointers and continued her recent run of strong play.
"They play so well together and really fed off each other tonight," Lewis Mills coach Joe Capitani said. "Give them credit, they are a great team and when they came out and Maggie hit her first shot, they just built on it from there."
Mills showed some signs of life in the second quarter, outscoring Thomaston 16-9 to pull within 31-20 at the half. This was it and if the Spartans were going to get back in the game it had to come right off the bat in the third quarter but it was the Bears that came out of the locker room determined and they put the game away.
"At the half coach said we have to come out and step on the gas pedal," Eberhardt said. "We stepped up and showed what Thomaston basketball is all about."
The Bears started the third quarter with an 11-0 run to make it 42-20. The Spartans missed their chance to get back in the game and instead, Eberhardt, Hurlbert and Keith helped Thomaston pull away.
There was no drama over the final 12 minutes to so, only over what the final score would be as Thomaston cruised to yet another BL title.
"It's an awesome feeling," Hurlbert said. "Coach has pushed us year and all our hard work has paid off. This win was the icing on the cake."
Icing on the cake for the Bears, but certainly nothing close to that sweet for the Spartans and the rest of the Berkshire League. Thomaston lost just two games all season, both to Northwestern, but the Bears got a measure of revenge on the Highlanders with a win in the semifinals on Thursday.
Then in came Mills, who had beaten Nonnewaug in the semis but offered little resistance when it finally got another shot at Thomaston like it had wanted since losing here on Feb. 1.
Now Thomaston can sit back for a few days and reflect on a dominant regular season and look ahead to the Class S tournament. The Bears have 20 wins and were a combined 5-0 against Nonnewaug and Lewis Mills so there is nothing any team in the BL can say about the Bears other than they are the champs.
"It feels awesome and I am so happy for them," McMahon said. "We never doubted it. People have had their opinions at different points of the season but we proved it on the court, there is nothing else to say."
That's because the Bears said it all with their play Friday night.