The road to a possible state tournament invitation should be an interesting experience this winter for the Shepaug Valley High School girls' basketball team.

Coach John Spear's Spartans have shown the wherewithal to earn victories against some of the Berkshire League's non-contenders.

Yet to post eight triumphs and thus qualify for the CIAC's post-season hardcourt party, the Region 12 girls must demonstrate they can pull an upset or three along the way.

To date, the Spartans own a 3-4 ledger built on conquests of Wolcott Tech, 53-17; Gilbert, 44-32; and Terryville, 32-30, the latter two away from the friendly confines of the Shepaug gym.

Meanwhile, coach Spear and Co. lost at Housatonic Valley Regional, 42-21, and have dropped home decisions to Northwestern, 44-32; Lewis Mills, 42-22; and Wamogo, 46-30.

During Tuesday's date with the Warriors at Shepaug, Gwen Clair and Claudia Bierce managed seven points each to lead the Spartans.

Wamogo's 6'2" Caycee Williams showed the way for the visitors with 16 points and versatile Kerri Stolle tossed in another 10.

Following the New Year's break, coach Spear will lead his charges Tuesday to Thomaston to tackle the Goldebn Bears.

The next home game will be Friday, Jan. 7 vs. Litchfield.

-- Norm Cummings