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Valley Tech Girls Hoops Upset in First Round

The Blackstone Valley Tech girls basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 50-45 loss to Greater Lowell in the opening round of the Central Mass Division 4 sectional tournament.
Tenth seeded Greater Lowell upset the Beavers after building a 25-17 lead at the end of the first half. Junior Meghan McFadden lead all scorers with 20 points, including four three-pointers. Senior Ashley Thompson added 15 points, passing the 1,000 career point barrier in the process. She will be graduating along with Savannah D'Ambra, Sam Giffen, Giana Michelson, and Shannon O'Toole.
"We have been playing together for all of high school," said Thompson. "I played with Sam when I was younger so she and I have been close and we became close with Savannah, Giana, and Shannon."
The five seniors were part of a Valley Tech team that advanced to a central sectional final last year. This year's squad finished 15-6 overall and posted a 12-4 record in the Colonial Athletic League. BVT finished third in the league, trailing only 15-1 Assabet and 14-2 Parker Charter. The Beavers went 9-2 at home and allowed just 36 points per game, one of the lowest totals in the district.
Thompson pulled down 22 rebounds in the loss to Greater Lowell. She averaged 18.4 points per game on the season to lead both the team and the league. The 6'0" forward was second in the district in scoring average. McFadden averaged just north of 13 points per game, the third best total in the Colonial.
"The senior class worked really hard to be the leaders of the team," said Thompson. "We wanted to give the younger players some role models to look up to and to set an example."
In addition to McFadden, third-leading scorer Dominique Silvestri will return next year for her senior season. Samantha Chamberlain, Kaley Galindo, and Brianna Morais are also slated to come back for a final year. Emily Muscateli, along with sophomore Hannah Clark and a trio of freshmen, Shea Boultenhouse, Victoria Colombo, and Janel McCarty are also returning varsity players.
"It has been a great run over the past few years," said Thompson. "I never thought I would see a district final in my high school career and that was a dream come true. I think they will be back next year, I can see some great players coming up over the next couple of years."




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