Girls Basketball Class S Championship
Thomaston 52, Canton 50
By Joe Morelli & John Nestor
Special to CIACsports.com
MaxPreps photos by Mike Braca
UNCASVILLE – Morgan Sanson and Julia Quinn had 13 and 12 points, respectively for third-seeded Thomaston, which defeated top-seeded Canton 52-50 in the Class S state championship game Saturday morning at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Gabrielle Hurlburt missed two free throws with 8.6 seconds left for Thomaston (21-3), but she was able to steal a pass in the final seconds to give the Golden Bears their second straight Class S title.
“She hustled back, read the eyes (of the passer) and picked it off. She won the game with that play,” Thomaston coach Robert McMahon said.
Thomaston held a 48-38 lead with 4:27 left. Canton (21-3) slowly made its comeback. A 12-2 run was capped by Maggie Treachy’s three-point shot with 52 seconds left to make it 52-50 and Canton used its last timeout.
Emily Briggs, who led Canton with 18 points, missed a tying jump shot with 22 seconds left. Maggie Treachy (15 points) blocked a shot for Canton before Hurlburt was fouled.
“We had two opportunities with two of my best kids with the ball,” Canton coach Brian Medeiros said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but if you asked me yesterday if we had a chance with the ball down two with 20 seconds to go, I’d say. ‘I’d sign up for that. It just didn’t happen to work in our favor.”
Casey Carangelo finished with a game-high 15 rebounds for Thomaston.
Thomaston becomes the first team to repeat as Class S girls champs since Kolbe Cathedral turned the trick in 2004-05. The Bears earned the repeat title despite shooting just 14-of-26 from the free throw line and committing 29 turnovers.