THOMASTON >> Thomaston’s girls basketball team (9-0 in the Berkshire League) highlighted its ability to adapt in a 47-25 win over Nonnewaug (5-5 Berkshire League) Thursday night at Thomaston High School.
Nonnewaug came in with a plan to stop All-State center Casey Carangelo, averaging 33 points last week.
Playing a 2-3 zone, the Chiefs collapsed on Carengelo in the middle with at least three defenders, sometimes more.
“She got eight points,” said Nonnewaug Coach Adam Brutting in satisfaction.
“Their game plan was to limit her. It worked, but we had just enough to overcome it,” said Thomaston Coach Bob McMahon.
“It’s all part of the game,” said Golden Bear point guard Julia Quinn, who took away much of the pressure with four three-pointers and 20 points.
Junior guard Alexa Milius did much of the rest, with three three-pointers and 15 points.
Translation: If you can’t go inside, go out.
Meanwhile, the constant for Thomaston is ball-hawking defense.
Both sides started out cold in the first quarter, with Milius hitting the first bomb three minutes into the period. Nonnewaug’s Mary Bibbey (team-high 12 points) matched her two minutes later, surrounded by Quinn’s first two baskets from closer in.
The second quarter stayed close. Quinn made her first two threes. Bibbey and Jen Charette matched her for Nonnewaug.
The Golden Bears led just 19-15 at the half.
Then Thomaston spotlighted its adaptability.
Carangelo came outside for much of the second half, often cutting through the lane, sometimes shooting beyond the arc.
The counter opened up the Nonnewaug defense, enabling the Bears to up the pace.
When that happens in Thomaston, the defense moves up as well.
Milius had 12 of her 15 points in the third quarter. By the time she finished, for a layup on a nice feed from Cam Capaldo, the Thomaston lead was 38-19 and the Bears were going away.
“We have three great senior starters,” said Milius. “We younger players know we have to be ready and come together as a team.”
Meanwhile, Carangelo deserves the attention Nonnewaug gave her. While pairing with Quinn as the Bears’ main scoring threats all season, she was Connecticut’s female nominee for the McDonald’s All American Games.
She’ll play at Division I St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York next year.
Thomaston 47, Nonnewaug 25
At Thomaston High School
Nonnewaug 7 8 4 6 – 25
Thomaston 11 8 19 9 – 47
Nonnewaug (25): Mary Bibbey 4-2-12; Jen Charette 1-2-5; Nicole Mercer 0-0-0; Heather Abramovich 0-2-2; Alex Eianniello 0-0-0; Maddie Woodward 1-0-2; Meg Davenport 1-0-2; Isabella Mancini 1-0-2; Totals: 8-6-25.
Thomaston (47): Julia Quinn 8-0-20; Alexa Sanson 0-0-0; Cam Capaldo 1-0-2; Alexa Milius 6-0-15; Kaitlin Root 1-0-2; Casey Carangelo 4-0-8; Totals: 20-0-47.
Halftime score: 19-15 Thomaston.
3-point goals: N – Bibbey 2; Charette. T – Quinn 4; Milius 3.
Records: Nonnewaug 5-6 overall; 5-5 Berkshire League. Thomaston 9-2 overall; 9-0 Berkshire League.