By Peter Wallace
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THOMASTON >> Thomaston’s girls basketball team is the measuring stick for Berkshire League teams — as in how close can you come to the two-time defending Class S State champions.
Thursday evening, Wamogo (5-4; 4-3 Berkshire League), with some good talent, found it has a ways to go, in a 67-26 Thomaston rout at Thomaston High School.
“It makes us better. We didn’t quit,” said Wamogo coach Kevin Crowley.
On the other hand, against Thomaston, many teams like Wamogo find it hard to start.
Four minutes into the first quarter, the Golden Bears had an 8-0 lead, with many of the lessons for the Warriors already in the book.
Morgan Sanson started with a drive straight to the hoop. The Bears are big, quick and aggressive.
Wamogo’s sophomore center, Rose Kelly, gets an appropriate amount of attention in the league. She’s tall, with great ball handling and footwork skills.
Thomaston’s junior center, Casey Carangelo, is about the same height, but, like most of the Bears, adds impressive strength.
She put a move on Kelly and bulled past for a layup for the second hoop of the game. Then, after two Warrior turnovers, Carangelo went to the line for two more points.
Senior forward Charlotte Eberhardt offered the final lesson of Thomaston’s opening eight-point spree. The Bears are big, they’re strong and they’re also quick.
Eberhardt darted in front of a pass and took it to the basket for an 8-0 lead.
Kelly showed her fight with a put-back for the Warriors’ first basket, then a nice touch from eight feet for the second, 10-4.
By then, many of the Warriors joined legions of opponents before them with signs of panic. Passes were hurried and off the mark; shots were forced.
Carangelo herself seemed on a mission, fighting for a put-back and another layup on her way to a game-high 22 points while sitting out most of the final quarter.
“I just play my regular game,” she said. “Our help on defense was great.”
“I have to be more aggressive,” said Kelly.
That’s tough against the Bears, when everyone seems to have been lifting weights (they don’t) and helps on a clawing, sometimes-pressing/trapping man-to-man defense.
“We just practice hard,” says Caranglo, at a loss to explain the strength.
“Casey comes to every practice trying to get better,” said Thomaston coach Bob McMahon.
The final tick on Thomaston’s talent sheet display came with seconds left in the first quarter. Against a two-three Warrior zone, they pass it until someone’s open. Then they show their shooting touch.
This time, it was Julia Quinn beyond the arc, leading the way for five more three-pointers in Thomaston’s game.
The score was 17-5, Thomaston. The rest of the game reinforced the first period’s lessons.
With an adjusting Thomaston defense, Kelly scored one more basket, early in the second quarter.
Wamogo guard Brooke Neller (team-high 7 points), often frustrated in attempts to drive to the basket, found her touch from further out for six points in the second half.
When Wamogo switched back to a man-to-man defense, Carangelo came outside, showing her own touch with a pair of threes.
The score was 33-10 at the half; 49-18 after three quarters.
Thomaston’s Camryn Capaldo was the only other player in double figures, with 12 points, including two threes.
Wamogo takes the experience home with a 5:30 p.m. start in a cross-town rivalry doubleheader against 2-6 Litchfield tonight.
Thomaston is at 2-6 Terryville for a 6 p.m. start in a doubleheader there.
Thomaston 67, Wamogo 26
At Thomaston High School
Wamogo 5 5 8 8 – 26
Thomaston 17 16 16 18 – 67
Wamogo (26): Emma Weik 0-0-0; Brooke Neller 2-3-7; Jasmyne Palumbo 0-1-1; Olivia Cook 0-0-0; Emily Kupcho 2-1-5; Morgan Betti 0-1-1; Christina Roy0-1-1; Marissa Church 0-0-0; Kristen Kandefer 1-1-3; Rose Kelly 3-0-6; 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 Hurlbert 1-0-2; Morgan Sanson 4-0-8; Charlotte Eberhardt 4-0-8; Drita Coma 0-0-0; Camryn Capaldo 5-0-12; Alexa Milius 0-0-0; Kaitlyn Root 0-0-0; Samantha Brostek 2-0-5; Casey Carangelo 8-4-22; Totals: 27-7-67.
3-point goals: T – Quinn; Capaldo 2; Brosted; Carangelo 2.
Records: Wamogo 5-4 (4-3 Berkshire League); Thomaston 8-1 (7-0 Berkshire League).