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Thomaston rolls over Wamogo, 67-26. Now 8-1, 7-0 in the Berkshire League.

POSTED January 15, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

THOMASTON: It hangs in their locker room as a reminder to them that they are not invincible, they are not unbeatable.

The second place trophy from the Notre Dame of Fairfield Christmas Tournament is a reminder to the Thomaston girls’ basketball team that they have to continue to work just as hard as ever if they plan on having the kind of season they have come to expect.

In the second game of that tournament, played on December 30 of last year, the Bears found themselves in a very unfamiliar position, one that they will remember for a good long time.

Class L power New London did something to the Golden Bears that fans of the two-time defending champions are just not used to seeing in a 61-33 mauling.

“We learned what we can’t do and what won’t work,” senior Morgan Sanson said, “Especially when we play competition like that. We did a bunch of little things wrong that game and we’ve been working hard to lose some of those bad habits.”

On Thursday night against a Wamogo team that came in with a 5-3 mark, the home team ran out to a 17-5 after one quarter and never looked back, led by a 24-point effort from junior Casey Carangelo.

Carangelo, who has always had a nice shooters touch around the rim and from mid-range, connected on a couple of three pointers along the way, great news for teams who now play a Class S powerhouse that features a center who can score from the inside on a strong move or connect from outside.

Learning from a loss is sometimes an important lesson for any team and the Bears coach felt it taught them an important lesson.

“It taught us that we can get pounded on a given night just like anyone else can,” Coach Bob McMahon said, “We had one scare after that and they are certainly using it (the loss) as motivation. They have hung the second place plaque in their locker room and I think it’s going to stay there and be a source of remembrance that we can get out butts whopped just like anybody else.”

After dropping that game to New London, the Bears found themselves in a battle six days later against Berkshire League rival Lewis Mills, a game they pulled out late by a 36-33 final.

“We got in a dogfight there,” McMahon said, “Kuddos to Mills who played really hard that night. They kind of took us out of what we were doing. It was the first time in league play this season that we had to do that (come back late).”

Thomaston has bounced back with convincing wins over Shepaug (46-15) and Thursday night against the Warriors and is still easily the team to beat in the BL and for that matter, in Class S until someone knocks them off their well-earned championship perch.

The weapons are all there, the championship players are all still there.

You know the names well by now, Sanson, Hurlbert, Schaefer, Quinn and Eberhardt and a cast of players behind them that continue to buy into what it means to be a Golden Bear.

It all starts with defense and it did on Thursday night. Suffocating is a good word to describe the Bears defense that has players flying to the ball, blocking passing lanes and anticipating the oppositions next move with a killer instinct.

Carangelo, who broke onto the scene when Thomaston won their first Class S title two years ago, is working hard in practice on her game and her dual threat offensive prowess will give teams fits later this season.

Nine players cracked the score book, including Camryn Capaldo, who hit for 12, included a pair of three pointers.

Eberhardt added eight while Sanson and Quinn pitched in with six each.

Next Tuesday, January 19 is going to be fun when the Bears travel to Woodbury to take on unbeaten Nonnewaug (7-0).

Thomaston hopes to use the lessons learned in a loss and a close call against a Chief’s team that is playing very well and will be at home.

A visit to cross Route 6 rival Terryville is on tap on Friday night.

It’s about to get fun in the BL. Cold outside and hot in the gym, just the way local hoop fans like it.

Wamogo (26): Morgan Betti 0-1-1, Olivia Cook 0-0-0, Kristen Kandefer 1-1-3, Rose Kelly 3-0-6, Emily Kipcho 2-1-5, Brooke Neller 2-4-8, Christina Roy 0-1-1, Danielle Tillmann 1-0-2: Totals: 9-8-26

Thomaston (67): Julia Quinn 2-1-6, Nicole Schaefer 0-0-0, Mackenzie Doyle 1-0-2, Danielle Genest 0-0-0, Gabrielle Hurlburt 1-0-2, Alexa Sanson 0-2-2, Morgan Sanson 3-0-6, Charlotte Eberhardt 4-0-8, Camryn Capaldo 5-0-12, Samantha Brostek 2-0-5, Casey Carangelo 9-4-14: Totals: 27-7-67

3-pointers: (T) Quinn, Capaldo 2, Brostek, Carangelo 2

Records: Wamogo 5-4, Thomaston 8-1

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