Thomaston shuts down Lyman Memorial to advance to Class S quarterfinals
THOMASTON - Thomaston and Maggie Eberhardt were once again too much for Lyman Memorial.
For the second straight year the Bears and Bulldogs met in the second round of the Class S state tournament and for the second straight season Thomaston is moving on,
this time after a 64-41 victory on Thursday night in a second-round matchup at Thomaston High.
Thomaston improves to 21-2 on the season and hosts No. 22 Hyde Leadership on Monday night in the Class S quarterfinals. Lyman Memorial ends the season with a record of
Eberhardt scored 23 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the process, and was her usual high-scoring, game-changing self after a bit of a slow start. All the Bears were
a touch off their game early in the first, but it lasted merely minutes and Thomaston took control of the game with a 14-2 run to close out the first quarter and grab a 19-8 lead.
"We had come out with really strong starts in our last couple games and its hard to do that every night," junior Abby Hurlbert said. "We knew coming in with it being the state tournament is was going to be physical and we were able to pick things up on the defensive end and our defense turned to offense and got us going."
Lyman stayed in touch in the second quarter and actually outscored Thomaston, 8-7, but the Bulldogs needed to make a run in the third and it just didn't happen. Lyman was still down nine with about 2:15 left in the third quarter before Eberhardt hit a three and had a three-point play to extend the Bears lead to 44-29 entering the fourth.
"They just took us out of our rhythm and did a good job closing out on our shooters," Lyman Memorial coach Jeff Gaucher said. "I was happy with our effort but we never got comfortable on offense and whenever we were close Maggie Eberhardt hit a clutch shot, and what are you going to do, she's a really good player."
The fourth quarter was a formality as Sydney Keith (10 points) and Hurlbert (nine points) helped Thomaston extend the lead and Lyman had no answers and never got any open looks on the perimeter. Brianna Padewski and Chelsey Hussey both scored 14 points for the Bulldogs andPadewski hit Lyman's lone 3-pointer of the game while Thomaston drained five from beyond the arc.
"That was something coming into the game we wanted to focus on, closing out on the shooters and cutting down their threes," Eberhardt said. "When our defense is good it leads to better offense."
And the defense also led the Bears back to the quarterfinals. Portland, which has knocked Thomaston out of the tournament in the quarterfinals the last three seasons is nowhere to be found but Hyde will be a tough test after a 56-51 road win over No. 6 Somers.
"It's going to be a great game," Thomaston coach Bob MaMahon said. "Here comes the Shoreline Conference again in the quarters."
Lyman Memorial 8 8 13 12 - 41
Thomaston 19 7 18 20 - 64
Lyman Memorial (41) - Casey Kelley 2 2 6; Lexie Popitti 1 0 2; Brianna Padewski 6 1 14; Elizabeth Peay 0 1 1; Chelsey Hussey 5 4 14; Maggie Tarbox 2 0 4; Totals: 16 8 41.
3-pointers- Brianna Padewski
Thomaston (64) - Maggie Eberhardt 9 2 23; Sydney Keith 2 5 10; Abby Hurlbert 4 0 9; Bryttnie Thomas 3 0 6; Charlie Eberhardt 1 0 2; GabbyHurlbert 3 0 6; Morgan Sanson 3 2 8; Totals: 25 9 64.
3-pointers- Maggie Eberhardt (3), Sydney Keith, Abby Hurlbert