The Wamogo and Thomaston girls basketball teams each had a reason to celebrate following Wednesday night’s Berkshire League showdown.
But only the Bears got what they really wanted. Wamogo senior Kerri Stolle reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career with a solid 16-point effort, but Thomaston captured the real prize, taking over sole possession of first place in the Berkshire League with a 51-47 comeback victory at the Wamogo High School gym.
Junior point guard Abby Eberhardt scored 18 points and sophomore forward Abby Hurlbert also poured in 18 to lead Thomaston, which came back from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter to post the victory.
Hurlbert nailed a clutch 3-pointer to give the Bears the lead for good and Eberhardt sealed the victory with two foul shots with 20 seconds left after a critical technical foul call against the Warriors.Thomaston, which also defeated Wamogo in overtime earlier this season, improved to 13-3 overall with its 10thstraight win and moved one game ahead of Nonnewaug for first place in the Berkshire with a 13-1 league record.
The Bears had to watch as Stolle was honored with balloons and flowers after scoring her 1,00thpoint on the second of two free throws with 3:40 left in the third quarter. But the wait was worth it in the end.“It was an easy tradeoff,” Thomaston head coach Bob McMahon said.
“I’ll take the win any day.”“We work really hard in practice because we really want to win this league,” Hurlbert said. “We push ourselves so hard, and tonight it paid off.”Wamogo, which fell to 12-4 overall and 11-3 in the Berkshire League, did a nice job containing Hurlbert in the second half after the 5-foot-11 forward carried the Bears with 10 points over the first 16 minutes.
But Hurlbert came alive over the final 3:00 of the fourth quarter, scoring five points over that span, including a 3-pointer with 1:30 left that gave the Bears a 49-47 lead.