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Mills rolls to 9-0 with 62-36 win over Thomaston behind 28 from Adamski

POSTED January 11, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

BURLINGTON - Amada Adamski has bigger fish to fry.

Moments after falling just short of scoring her 1,000th point in her team's 62-38 dismantling of previously unbeaten Thomaston, Adamski knew what she was trying to do was important, but was not her biggest goal.

“We want to make sure we win the Berkshire League title this season, Adamski said. “I don’t keep track of how many points I score. Somebody told me I was close and I didn’t believe them.”

Adamski now sits at 998 in her storied career at Mills and that point will come Tuesday night if the Spartans play their scheduled game at Gilbert, but there is still a large portion of a story left to tell here in the 2010-2011 season.

The two teams came in with 8-0 records but this game showed just how large the gap is between the Spartans and everybody else in the Berkshire League.

“This is a once in a while team,” head coach Dennis Fowler said after the win. “We have four seniors and a junior starting for us and they play so well together.”

Mills basketball starts with defense, always has, always will. It’s what drive the offense to success and their opponents to the edge.

For a time in the first quarter on Monday night, it appeared there were maybe seven or eight Mills defenders on the court, all denying, hassling and otherwise making the Golden Bears' lives miserable.

The Bears turned the ball over the five times they tried to get the ball up court and could not get a shot off until sophomore standout, Maggie Eberhardt went coast-to-coast for a basket with three minutes gone in the game.

By that time it was 9-0 Mills after a long three ball from Katherine Bayne (nine points) off a turnover.

The problem teams face when the Spartans is that they can try to take away Adamski but still have to deal with sharp shooters like Bayne and Nicole Bisson (14 points, 3, treys).

It was 20-6 after one when Bisson drained her second three of the quarter just before time ran out.

Eberhardt, who will be a force in this league for some time, tried to single-handedly keep her team in the game and scored 17 of her team's 19 first half points on shear determination and effort.

This was not a game lost by a team that didn’t try; the Bears were diving for loose ball all night long.

The home team just had too many weapons.

With Eberhardt leading the way with 13 second quarter points, the visitors outscored the home team by a 13-11 score in the quarter to go into the half just down 12 at 31-19.

Adamski needed to score 30 Monday night to break the heralded 1,000 point mark, one set three times by a girls player at Mills.

At the half, the talented senior had 14; after three quarters Adamski needed just 12 for the mark.

The Spartans had put the game away with a variety of weapons in a 11-0 run, midway through the third.

Adamski had four points while Bisson hit her final three to widen the lead to 42-21.

Trying to get a player a certain stat can sometimes lead to dicey situations and Fowler found himself in one when the fourth quarter rolled around.

“Being up like we were,” Fowler said, “I normally would have taken Amanda out. I looked over to Bob (McMahon, the Thomaston hea. coach) and told him I was going to leave her in. He said he didn’t care. They run a classy program and I appreciated the gesture.”

Adamski scored her 998th point with just over a minute left but several team turnovers and fouls brought her just a little short.

It seems okay to the upperclassmen, who understood what her team needed to do Monday night and who they were playing.

“Two years ago in my sophomore year,” Adamski said, “they beat us pretty good with a bunch of seniors. This time the tables were turned.”

The table may remain upside down for the rest of the BL as the machine that is Lewis Mills, rolls on.

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