Thomas Stone coach reaches win 400 on road to states

Waldorf, MD – After 28 years of being a head basketball coach, Thomas Stone’s Dale Lamberth reached his 400th career win when the Cougars upset Great Mills 68-60 in the SMAC championship game. Now with two more wins under his belt, Lamberth’s team looks forward to winning the 2A South when they take on Oakland Mills Friday, March 8.

Lamberth came to Thomas Stone in 2001 where he found success early, going 15-9 in his first season at the helm. Since his debut with the school 17 years ago, the Cougars have only had one losing season (2015-2016), four region championships (’08, ’09, ’10, and ’12), three state finals appearances (’08, ’10, and ’12), and three league championships (’07, ’10, and ’19).

“I hear other coaches complaining about where they are and I always think, ‘I am blessed like you don’t know what.’ The community is supportive and every administrator I’ve worked under has supported boys basketball,” said Lamberth.

After having a few days to celebrate the championship, the team and coach Lamberth had to direct their attention to the playoffs. Having secured the 1-seed in their section, the Cougars played in the second round Monday where they took on the 4-seed Southern Bulldogs.

Thomas Stone was up by 17-points at the half and the game seemed all but over. However, Southern battled back, bringing the score within six points in the fourth period. The Cougars were able to get some stops on the defensive end and finished the game strong from the foul line, giving them the win, 70-55.

“That’s what playoff basketball is all about,” said senior Gary Grant who had 17-points, 14 rebounds, four assists and four steals on the night. “We knew they were scrappy, they’re a good team.” Fellow senior Kevin Skidmore scored a game-high 22-points, including five threes, giving credit to his teammates and the home crowd for the effort.

Going into the next round Wednesday, March 6, Stone took on Westlake for the third time this year and the Cougars dominated their rival from up the road. Coach Lamberth’s team outscored the Wolverines 18-8 in the second and third periods, continuing their momentum from the previous two games. In one of the best performances they’ve had against rivals this year, the Cougars won 76-42, giving Lamberth his 402nd win.

Moving forward, Thomas Stone will take on Oakland Mills for the 2A South final. The Cougars hope to give Lamberth three more wins and bring home the 2A state championship March 16.

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