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Canton Lady Warriors Win Class S State Championship

March 19, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

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Photos by John Fitts 

Story by Kasey Charron

Video footage courtesy of Noah O’Leary

The Canton Girls High School basketball experienced a feeling of deja vu Saturday morning as the team once again competed in the Class S Girls Basketball State Championship game against Thomaston High School. Last year, Thomaston beat Canton by a score of 52-50 to secure the title. However, this year the Canton Warriors took home the plaque as they toppled the defending state champions, 64-51.

In the first half, it was a narrow match. The teams traded baskets as the score throughout the first quarter never deviated by more than three points. Both teams played aggressively, with plenty of fouls on both sides. At the end of the first half, Canton lead with a score of 22-19.

Canton surged in the second half, never leading by less than three points. Several late game baskets by Maggie Treacy and Emily Briggs secured the victory for the Warriors. In a post-game interview, Canton High School junior Abigail Briggs, twin sister of player Emily Briggs, said, “Towards the end, when we had a 10-point lead, I got excited. Then they (Thomaston) started to come back so I got really nervous. But then, with about a minute to go, I felt really confident that we were going to win.”

Senior Carly Atkinson has one explanation for their success this time around.

“At the beginning of the game there were definitely some nerves, but at the same time it was comforting knowing that we had been in this position before,” she said. “At the end of the game, I was so happy. It is one of the best moments I’ve ever experienced in my whole life especially since I was able to do it with my team. We are all so close and everyone, no matter the time they got in the game, played awesome. Each individual stepped up and did their part to make this a team win.”

newoneThe Warriors were supported by a massive and rowdy student section, which was only overshadowed by the parents of the players. There wasn’t a single moment throughout the game in which cheers couldn’t be heard from either of those groups. Thomaston had a strong showing, matching the enthusiasm of Canton’s fans until it became apparent that it was too late for them to complete the three-peat. The Thomaston girls played aggressively until the end, which, unfortunately for them just gave Canton more free throw opportunities. Canton’s head coach, Brian Medeiros acknowledged Thomaston’s aggression, saying, “It hurt Thomaston because I think they’re overly aggressive at times, but I knew if we played within our skill set we were going to be alright.”

This ends a spectacular season for the Warriors, who finished the season with a 13-2 record in league play, and marks a spectacular sendoff for Carly Atkinson, Emma Charron, Amanda Gottlieb, and Maggie Treacy, all of whom will be graduating in June.

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