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Thomaston, Lewis Mills meet in crucial BL battle

POSTED January 31, 2013
BY Rick Wilson
Twitter: @scribewilson


                               Thomaston, Lewis Mills meet in big BL battle 

            THOMASTON – Thomaston is there and wants to stay there while Lewis Mills is trying to get there.  `There’ is at the top of the Berkshire League heap as the season winds down. The two teams meet tonight in Thomaston in what should be a dandy of a game.

            The defending BL champion Bears are just a bad half against Northwestern Regional away from perfection this season with a 14-1 mark (12-1 BL).  That is good enough for a precarious one-game edge over Mills (11-4, 11-2 BL) and Nonnewaug (3-3,12-2 BL).

            The Bears rode a big-time 24-point performance from a big-time player, senior guard Maggie Eberhardt to a 54-49 win in a grueling matchup earlier in the season. This one expects to be no different.

            Junior Abby Hurlbert (14.3) joins Eberhardt (15-9) to give Thomaston a formidable one-two punch. The Bears, shooting for their third BL title in four seasons also have a penchant for winning close games.

            “Thomaston expects to win every game,” said Mills coach Joe Capitani after the first meeting between the two teams. “That’s where we want to be.”

            Thomaston hasn’t played since roughing up Litchfield, 73-41, last Friday. Meanwhile, Mills is coming off an impressive win over Nonnewaug, 57-40, last Friday and an easy win over Gilbert.

            Teagan Dunn is a major force for the Spartans in double figures in rebounds while averaging 16.3 points. She posted a monster 20-point, 17 rebound effort against Nonnewaug.

            Dunn also has plenty of help from Hope Shevchuk and Natalie Ruel (11.9) in leading the way for the Spartans.

            The math is simple. Both Thomaston and Mills are masters of their own fate. Win out and win a title. Nonnewaug, who still has a game left with Thomaston, is in the same position.

            It’s been a battle all season. The stretch run starts tonight. The Thomaston gym is the place to be.

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