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Thomaston girls, Northwestern boys and Raider girls in good position as regular season winds down on hardwood.

POSTED February 12, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As long as the Thomaston girls’ basketball team takes care of business over their next three games, they will take home the Berkshire League regular season title.

The Golden Bears need to take care of Terryville (2-15) and Housatonic (8-9) on the road before dealing with Shepaug (12-5) at home.

Thomaston is currently ranked fourth in the state Class S rankings, behind Canton (17-1), St Paul (15-3) and Bolton (15-3).

The Falcons have been a strange team this season. A campaign ago, they battled the Bears into overtime in the Class S finals but have at times looked like a shell of that team this year.

Blowout losses to Torrington (61-27) and Holy Cross (64-43) have folks questioning how far they can go this year.

Playing in the weakest division in the Naugatuck Valley League (the Copper) has certainly not helped the Falcons this season.

Lewis Mills (13-4, 2 losses in the BL) and Nonnewaug (13-4, 3 losses in the BL) should both win out, leaving them in a good position to get at least a home game in the upcoming State Tournament.

A year ago, it was said you could not kill the bear. This was a team that was made up of players that won the top prize in both basketball and softball.

It’s a different team this year but having scheduled tough out of conference games (New London and Notre Dame of Fairfield, both losses but close games) may have this year’s team just as battle ready as the one that took it all home at Mohegan Sun in March.

…..The story on the boy’s side of the BL belongs to Northwestern (12-3) at the moment, thanks to a 12-3 record heading into the last two weeks of the regular season.

Terryville (10-4) and Lewis Mills (10-5) will have a crack at each other one more time, the Kangaroos won their first meeting while the Spartans will see the Highlanders one more time as well.

Northwestern has two challenging games left against Mills first and second versus Litchfield in the season finale.

The Cowboys are having a strong season at 9-6 and play both Mills and the Highlanders with hopes of upsetting the rankings before they are done.

…..In the NVL, the Torrington girls are closing in on a pretty special campaign that may end with just one loss, an overtime one to Holy Cross early in the campaign.

The Raiders have two games left with Naugatuck and a single game against Watertown, next Tuesday on Senior Night.

Seven upperclassmen will be honored that night and each will also receive a special Litchfield County commemorative tee-shirt.

Paige Middleton, Brittany Anderson, Mia Barbieri, Taylor Howe, Kendra Covington, Abbi Fisher and Shelby Howe will be honored before their game against the Indians.

Torrington played in a hard fought six point win the last time the two squads faced off in Watertown.

…..The boy’s side of the NVL is all about Sacred Heart who stand close to a perfect regular season if they can beat Holy Cross and St Paul.

Crosby gave the Hearts a near attack before falling to them by a 73-66 score earlier this week.

For the Torrington Raiders, it’s been one tough campaign that stands at 3-13 with four to play.

THS hosts Naugatuck tonight before facing Watertown, Woodland and the Greyhounds one more time.  

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