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Stolle leads Wamogo to Senior Night win over Northwestern.....Story by John Nestor

POSTED February 16, 2012
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

At Wamogo, the name Stolle means excellence on the basketball court. Three members of the family have broken the 1000 point mark. An amazing feat. We talked to the family after the youngest daughter, Kerri, played her final regular season game in a 55-31 win over Northwestern in Litchfield.

LITCHFIELD - Senior night could not have gone any better for the Wamogo Warriors if they had been able to plan it themselves.

Kerri Stolle scored 18 points and added eight assists and the Warriors got contributions from a number of players in a 55-31 victory over Northwestern on Senior Night in Litchfield.

With the win Wamogo finishes the regular season at 15-5 overall and 14-4 in th Berkshire league. The Warriors wrapped up the No. 3 seed in the Berkshire League tournament and will face No. 6 Lewis Mills Saturday at 7 p.m. The Highlanders are now the fourth-seed and meet Shepaug at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Wamogo got off to a quick start, overcame a lull in the second quarter and put the game away in the third to avenge a loss to Northwestern, 37-34, on Jan. 10 in Winsted.

"We talked about coming out and getting off to a good start because we have been getting into huge holes early in games lately," Wamogo coach Kevin Crowley said. "We started fast and got through a rough patch in the second and played really well the rest of the way."

Nobody on the court was playing better than Stolle as the senior showcased her all-around game in her last regular-season contest at home.

Stolle scored on postups, drives and drilled a pair of three pointers while setting up teammates for great looks all night long. Stolle also chipped in on the boards with six rebounds and helped spearhead the Warriors press, which gave the Highlanders problems throughout the game.

"We have developed trust in each other and I know where my teammates will be and they know I'll get them the ball if they get open," Stolle said. "It was senior night and I wanted to play well and I was happy that I did and tnhat we played well as a team. We had a lot of people contribute tonight."

Wamogo led 12-4 after the first quarter but Northwestern got back to within 18-13 at the break. The Warriors then put the game away by outscoring the highlanders 15-4 in the third quarter and they never looked back.

Northwestern (13-7) finishes the regular season with a two-game losing streak after reeling off six straight wins. The Highlanders were coming off a tough 26-25 loss to BL regular season champ Thomaston on Monday.

"I had some fears coming into tonight's game after playing Thomaston in such a tough, physical game," Northwestern coach Fred Williams said. "We were one starter down and just not really mentally ready to play. We got back in it but didn't execute in the third quarter."

Megan Layman and Hannah LaBonne each scored nine points and Ariana Shemms added seven for Wamogo, which will likely end up as the No. 6 seed in the Class S tournament and host at least a first-round game.

Rasa Hamel scored 16 for Northwestern.

Seniors from both teams were honored before the game. Highlanders seniors playing their final BL regular-season game were Kaci Seibert, Kristen Olson, Julia Ashworth, Sam Cillenti, Nicole Folino and Kate Rubin.

Wamogo honored Stolle, Layman, Shemms, Colleen Sanders and Kelly Shimo.

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