After getting off to a hot start, draining their first three, 3-pointers, the Beavers went cold from behind the arc as Blackstone Valley Tech fell to Maynard in the Div. 4 Central final.

WORCESTER — In a rematch of the 2018 Division 4 Central final, the third-seeded Blackstone Valley Tech girls basketball team took on top-seeded Maynard at WPI in Worcester.

Unfortunately for the Beavers, the result was the same as the Tigers pulled away for a 52-39 victory over BVT, to claim their second sectional title in three years.

The Beavers got off to a hot start, draining their first three 3-pointers to take a 9-7 lead. But after Gabby Muscatell hit a jumper to take an 18-9 lead midway through the second quarter, the Beavers went cold.

HALFTIME:@BVTBeavers 22, Maynard 22. Jordan Tucker scored all 13 points in the 2nd quarter for Maynard. She leads all scorers with 15 points. Emma Ballard (BVT) 5 points. Gabby Muscatell hits a jumper to give the Beavers an 18-9 lead, their largest of the game@MetroWestSportspic.twitter.com/fhTOQLjVsp

— Ethan Winter (@EWints)March 7, 2020

"Second quarters are always tough for us," said BVT sophomore Emma Ballard, who scored a team-high 12 points. "I think we just got in our heads because we got off to such a good start and then it was just hard to battle back." 

After hitting a total of four 3-pointers in the first half, the Beavers didn't hit a single shot from beyond the arc in the second half.

"They started playing the outside much more effectively, getting a hand up on the shooters," Valley Tech senior Victoria Russian (6 points) said. "They already had pretty tall posts in there. So it was difficult to drive as well."

Maynard senior Jordan Tucker proceeded to score all 13 points for the Tigers in the second quarter to head into the break tied at 22-all.

"We knew she would be a problem," said BVT coach Brittany Kahler of Tucker. "I don't think we did a great job of playing her in the first half. She caught (the ball) a lot in the middle, which she should never do.

"They took us out of our running game, too," Kahler added. "We weren't able to push and our defense, you could tell that they were tired." 

That fatigue led to a 21-point fourth quarter for Maynard in which Tucker (game-high 25 points) and sophomore Hayle Thompson (17 points) combined to score all 21 Tiger points in the frame.

"We haven't faced a post of her size yet this season," Kahler said of Thompson. "So yeah, that's definitely intimidating and its hard inside when she is getting offensive rebounds and I'm telling them to box out and it's tough."

Thompson scored 13 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter and 15 of her 17 in the second half as Maynard pulled away in the final 16 minutees, frustrating the Beavers offense with its physical play. 

"It was tough for us and I feel like a lot of times, we were getting fouls and my girls were frustrated," Kahler said. "But they got to get over it and we weren't able to do it."

The Tigers held Blackstone Valley Tech to just 17 points in the second half.

"They took away the post really nicely in the second half," Kahler said. "And if we don't run then we don't score a lot of points."

Despite the disappointing end to a promising season, BVT still has a lot to be proud of.

.@BVTGirlsBBALL sophomore Emma Ballard and senior Victoria Russian reflect on this past season.@BVTBeavers@MetroWestSportspic.twitter.com/g7ZL2Z6dw0

— Ethan Winter (@EWints)March 7, 2020

"I'm really proud of how far we've come," Ballard said. "We started off slow, but then we really clicked and came together. The energy that we had on the court is just unforgettable. It's a great group of girls and I'm so proud of how far we went."

"This is a special team, for sure," Kahler said. "It took us a good month to get going and kind of bond, but once we found our grove, this group is fun. They love being together, love the game.

"We won the state vocational tournament, won the league, but in all of that, the best thing we have are all of our memories together," Kahlers added. "This was one of the most enjoyable seasons I've ever had."

For Russian and the seniors, this game marks the end of their high school basketball careers.

"They're has been so many (memories)," Russian said. "The team is just so great, the coaches are, too."

Ethan Winter is a senior multimedia sports journalist at the Daily News. He can be reached at 508-626-3987 or ewinter@wickedlocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @EWints. Sign up for the Sports Headlines Newsletter, which is sent to your email every morning by clicking here for the MetroWest Daily News and here for the Milford Daily News.