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BVT Girls Stay Defensive in Play-offs

Blackstone Valley Tech's girls' basketball team finished the season strong thanks to a stingy defense that allowed only 30 points per game over the final five contests of the year. The Beavers continued that trend in their opening round play-off game, shutting down Worcester Tech in a 50-25 quarterfinal win.
"It was a really good defensive effort, we played great defense the whole way and were able to find our groove as the game went on," said head coach Britt Kahler, whose team improved to 16-5 with the win.
Both teams were sluggish from the get-go, and Worcester led BVT 5-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Beavers turned it on with a 22-6 run in the second quarter for a 26-11 halftime lead. "I think the work ethic was the difference," said Kahler. "The way we boxed out and made good hustle plays really helped us the whole game."
BVT featured a balanced offensive attack, with point guard Kelly Ney showing the way with 10 points and four assists. "Kelly was really good on defense," said Kahler. "She also took the ball up the whole game and they were not a factor when they pressed because she is so reliable when handling the basketball."
Sophomore center Ashley Thompson scored five points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Sarah Collins and Kaite Hannon chipped in nine points apiece. Senior Paige Heckman and freshman Meghan McFadden also stepped in off the bench and provided some quality minutes.
"All season long we have had different players stepping up in different spots and I have been stressing to the girls the need for a complete effort from everyone," said Kahler. "We finally got a game where the points were more dispersed and everyone really contributed."
The Beavers will move on to the semi-finals to play the winner of tonight's game between second-seeded Bromfield and 15th seeded Nashoba Tech. Their contest has been one of the many postponed due to the snowy weather that has made its way through Central Mass this week. The semi-final game will be Saturday night, which means a quick turnaround for BVT's opponent.
"I think our opponent having to play back to back nights is a big deal," said Kahler. "It is very difficult when you rely on just a few kids to be your major scorers and producers so I do feel that will be an advantage."
Kahler is hopeful her team will be able to use that advantage to continue what has been a successful season. "We have been fortunate this year, to win the league outright and to go to the state voke which the girls had not done," she said. "It's been a great season and hopefully it will keep going."




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