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Bayne, Mills complete perfection. 20-0 is in the books.

POSTED February 16, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Amanda Adamski is all smiles as she cuts down the net after her Lewis Mills team completed a perfect 20-0 season with a 53-29 win over Housatonic.

BURLINGTON-The only thing that didn’t go as predicted on Wednesday night for the Dennis Fowler and his Lewis Mills girls basketball team was that pair of scissors and what time they would be needed

Back on November 28, 2010, Fowler and his team put a set of clippers aside with a time and a date when they would be broken out to do one thing; cut down the nets after the Spartans had completed their task of going undefeated, 20-0.

Written on the frame (made nicely by Mrs. Fowler) was the date, February 16 and the time; 8:35 p.m.

After a nervous start that saw the home team fall behind by a 7-2 score to a scrappy Housatonic team, Mills clicked on every piston the rest of the way en route to magic number 20, a 53-29 win that got over at 8:40 p.m. So close.

That about the only thing that hasn’t worked as predicted with this team that showed all it’s weapons after shaking the jitters early on.

“I think it was everything,” senior point guard Nicole Bisson said, “Senior night, the chance to go 20-0. We just had to get that out of our system.”

From the four minute mark of the first quarter when they led by that 7-2 score, the visiting Mountaineers were held without a basket the next seven minutes while different Spartans took over during that stretch.

“You guys always love to here it,” Fowler said, “Offense wins games; defense wins championships. This team only allowed 40 points once this season, against Wamogo.”

With the “D’ ramped up, it was time for the arsenal to come out on the offensive side.

First up was Kristen Van Gilst (12 points) who hit a jumper and a three pointer to help her team go ahead for good at 9-7 after one.

The Mountaineers were playing a tough high zone that made it tough for the home team to get the ball to another weapon, Amanda Adamski (9 points).

Many have tried in her four years but when Adamski puts her mind to it and wants the ball inside, she does and good things happen.

The senior center had seven second quarter points and after consecutive strong inside moves, displayed a nice jumper from near the foul line.

Danielle Kearns came into the game third in the Berkshire League in scoring with just over 17 points per game but was held to just nine, none in the second half.

Mills went into the break up 26-14 on a long trey at the buzzer by Bisson (six points), then came out to the Katherine Bayne show in the third quarter.

The senior guard went on a personal 11-0 run midway through the quarter to stretch the lead out to 39-16 and number 20 was in the bank.

Bayne could not miss from anywhere, a jumper a lay up or a trey, it didn’t matter, they were all falling.

“It felt great out there,” Bayne said, “We started slow but stepped up the defense to get ourselves going. This feels (going 20-0) so amazing after what we just went through on the soccer field this fall.”

Bayne was part of the girls team that went 16-0 in their regular season and came within three seconds of a State Championship.

That’s 36 straight regular season wins for a half a dozen of these players who played in both seasons.

Senior Tara Plocharczyk got a chance to start on senior night and received a rousing ovation from the crowd after she got the opening tip.

Plocharczyk suffered a concussion earlier this season and was shut down for the year but remained a staunch supporter for her team from the bench.

So goal one is in the books. Do not think for a moment though that this team is content with just this history.

“We wanted this badly,” Bisson said, “But we want to continue playing well in the BL Tournament and the States.

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