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Balanced attack propels Wamogo over Litchfield
Litchfield.bz (01-13-18)


Wamogo's Cassidy Wilson blocks a shot by Litchfield's Anna Conaghan during Wamogo's 46-32 win on Friday. John McKenna photos

Cassidy Wilson and Rose Kelly did their thing in Friday's 46-32 win over Litchfield, combining for 20 points and dominating the boards as the Warriors improved to 7-3.

But it was the play of Emily Carlson and Morgan Betti that really made the difference for Wamogo. Each scored nine points as the Warriors held off a determined effort by Litchfield, which has just one win.

"I'm very proud of the way we fought off the challenge," Wamogo coach Kerri Stolle said. "We played pretty well and did a good job guarding the perimeter."

Wilson scored 12 points and Kelly had eight points and 12 rebounds. Both were intimidating forces defensively in keeping the Cowgirls away from the basket and at the offensive end of the floor worked a strong high-low game against the height-lacking Cowgirls.

"We we play it well, people have trouble stopping us," Stolle said of the high-low combination that saw Kelly from the free-throw line make several on-target passes to Wilson for easy layups.

The win capped a week that saw Wamogo throttle Thomaston, 38-14, and enter the second half of the regular season in good shape in the Berkshire League race.

"Something clicked this week and we showed what we're capable of," Stolle said. 

For Litchfield, Lexi Guerrara had a big night with 15 points. The Cowgirls fought hard and were down 42-30 with about 4 minutes to play after a basket by Anna Conaghan, but would get no closer.

"We played with heart and effort to keep up with them," Guerrera said of Wamogo. "If we drove to the basket more and hit some shots, it would have been closer."

Although the Cowgirls have only one win, Guerrera said the team is united and committed to giving its all in the second half of the regular season under first-year coach Paige Young, a former college player.

"We love each other and we love basketball and for me to be able to play with this group of girls in my last season is an honor," Guerrera said.

In Young, the Cowgirls have a coach who can teach the game, Guerrera added.

"She's the best coach I've ever had and makes me the best player I can be," Guerrera said. "She cares about every player."

Young was pleased with her team's effort against the physically imposing Warriors.

"Tonight we played the way I know we're capable of playing," Young said. "Everyone contributed. It was the closest we've come to a complete game all season."

Lexi Guerrera puts up a shot in her 15-point effort.

Cassidy Wilson and Litchfield's Amber Marino wrestle for the ball.

Samantha Sylvester leads the break for the Warriors.

 

Rose Kelly shoots over Rachel Leigh.

Amber Marino drives against Casey Bovat.

Emily Carlson is defended by Amber Marino.

Morgan Betti directs Wamogo's offense.

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