Assabet girls basketball team enjoys successful season

Marlborough – The Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) girls basketball team's season to remember got derailed slightly Feb. 23 as the Aztecs lost to McCann Tech, 47-38, in the Small Schools Division Championship Game of the State Vocational School Tournament.

At 18-4, the Aztecs have already won more games this season than anyone can remember, and the gaudy record earned them the No. 6 seed in the Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament – points certainly not lost on coach Frank Fereer. But coaches are coaches, and they truly only remember the last game.

"If you had offered me before the season 17 regularseason wins and a berth in the voke school final and a spot in the districts, I would have jumped at it and promised not to complain," Fereer said. "And I am really happy for the girls for what they've accomplished, but I can't help thinking what could have been against McCann Tech."

AVRTHS opened play in the Division 3 Tournament Feb. 28, hosting 11th-seeded Maynard High.

"Maynard's a good team," Fereer said before that game. "They play in the Mid-Wach D, which is a good league, so you can throw the seeds out the window. All they really mean is we get to host the game. We've got our work cut out for us. We have to come out and play hard right from the opening tipoff. If we don't, we're going to dig ourselves a hole that we're not going to be able to get out of."

Which is precisely what happened against McCann Tech of North Adams, which improved to 14-8 with the victory.

The Aztecs scored just three first-quarter points and, while they doubled that output in the second quarter, they still found themselves on the wrong end of a 25-9 halftime score.

"For some reason, we were nervous," Fereer said. "We opened the game being intimidated by them. By the time we started playing our brand of basketball, they simply had too big a lead."

AVRTHS struggled in the opening quarter of its semifinal-round win over Pathfinder Feb. 21, scoring only five points, but after the first eight minutes of that game the Aztecs held a two-point lead and went on to enjoy an easy win.

"We never really got untracked after that first quarter," Fereer said. "Mc- Cann Tech got up 19-3, and even though we came back a little and won the second half, 29-22, it was too late. They outscored us by 16 in the first half and we only outscored them by seven in the second."

Samantha Kerrigan led the Aztecs in scoring, with 11 points, while Samantha Ware added 10. Kaila Harpin chipped in five, Vanessa Joubert and Jackie Perry four each, and Brittany Hisman and Kelley Drohan two each.

"I'm proud of the girls for the way they never quit playing hard in the second half," Fereer said, "but you have to play hard in both halves if you want to win and we didn't do that. I think we learned a valuable lesson, though, one we need to apply in districts. If we don't play hard in both halves in our tournament games, our season will be over pretty quick."

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