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BVT Girls ‘Click,’ Earn Postseason Berth

At the midway point of the season, a playoff spot for the Blackstone Valley Tech girls basketball team was far from a guarantee. Head coach Britt Kahler said something "clicked" with her team, however, and the Beavers rolled to wins in seven of their final nine to finish 12-8 on the season.
"We had a really strong finish to the year," Kahler said. "I feel like they became more aggressive as the season went on and something clicked and they started working really well as a team. They figured out what each other will do on the court and now they play really nicely as a team.
"It's fun to watch and they are a fun team to coach," she added.
A .500 team at the end of January, the Beavers rattled off four straight wins to virtually lock up a playoff spot. After a two-game skid, BVT rebounded with three straight wins to close out the regular season and head into this week's quarterfinal tilt with Main South on a roll.
Junior point guard Emily Muscatell leads the team at 10.2 points per game in her first season running the offense.
"She has been doing a great job handling the ball and shooting really well," Kahler said. "She is doing a nice job creating her own shots as well."
Sophomore Isabelle Angelini has also been a threat on both ends of the floor, averaging nearly nine points per game and ranking among the team leaders in steals.
In the post, 6'0" junior Shea Boultenhouse and fellow junior Janel McCarty have stood out.
"Shea was out for awhile but she has come back really strong, she sees the floor well and can handle the ball pretty well," Kahler said. "Janel has done a great job on offense for us. She creates her own shots and goes strong to the basket."
Kahler calls sophomore forward Morgan O'Brien "one of the toughest kids we have."
"She is huge down low," the coach said. "She is a rebounding machine and only a sophomore so she is going to be big for us for awhile."
BVT has also benefited from the leadership of three seniors including Hannah Clark who was lost for the season after a hip injury. Kahler said the loss was especially significant given the fact that Clark had earned a starting spot. Co-captains Lexxus Andrews and Delia O'Toole have been hard workers and "really good leaders," Kahler said.
Their leadership, along with the Beavers' balance, has helped the team put more points on the board as the year went on.
"We learned how to score," Kahler said. "We had to figure out who was going to step up and score this season and the kids figured it out. We had a lot of kids decide they we going to step up and take control and that's exactly what they did."




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