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BVT Girls Roll into Play-offs

The Blackstone Valley Tech girls' basketball team clinched a post-season spot nearly a month ago, but that doesn't mean the Beavers were done winning. Britt Kahler's team has won five in a row and eight of its final nine games to head into the district tournament with a 15-5 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic League.
"We have done well," said Kahler. "We lost to Assabet down the stretch which hurt us a bit but we have won every other game which is important going into districts."
The Beavers finished the year with wins over Parker Charter, Keefe Tech, Monty Tech, Sacred Heart, and Norfolk Aggie, with only one of the five wins coming at home. Defense was key for BVT, as Kahler's squad allowed only 30 points per game, with all of the opposing point totals checking in between 29 and 33.
While Kahler is in her first year as the head coach at BVT, the district tournament is nothing new to her players. "These girls have been there before," she said. "I think that experience bodes well. I have definitely seen a lot of leadership over the past few games."
The leadership and contributions have come from several different sources. Sarah Collins has been one of the steadiest players for the Beavers this season. Cait Hannon has been prone to big games, including a 25-point performance against Assabet. Sophomore Ashley Thompson struggled a bit to find her game at the varsity level early in the season, but has been a reliable double-digit scorer recently. Point guard Kelley Ney had a huge 21-point performance in a win over Parker Charter. That victory was particularly important, as it was the first game after the Assabet loss and sparked the current five-game streak.
"I think the way we are playing and the experience the girls have is going to be a big deal," said Kahler. "They seem to know what to do. If we have the lead, they know to slow it down a bit and play with the lead. I am very fortunate to have so many girls who have been in the play-offs before."
Even in the loss to Assabet, BVT was able to learn some lessons to help over the past few games. "They pressured us a lot in that game and we had a lot of turnovers," said Kahler. "We have been working on our press breaks and on handling pressure in general."
Kahler hopes the hard work pays off in seeing her team advance in the tournament. "We would like to win at least a game," she said. "Momentum can be huge in this type of format, so we want to win our first game and then see what happens from there."




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