By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BERLIN – For many years now, the Berlin girls basketball team has been a handful to deal with for any team and more times than not, games against the Redcoats resulted in tough contests and, eventually, losses.
But that’s not been the case this season as Berlin is not tournament bound and is struggling.
However, the squad from Plainville will be going to the playoffs in March.
It’s a nice role reversal as the Blue Devils rocked the Redcoats 47-25 in a CCC South encounter from Berlin High School on Monday, Feb. 17.
With the victory, Plainville zipped up its 11th win of the campaign and earned a sweep of the Redcoats on the season.
In the end, Berlin fell to 5-15 on the season and ended its campaign out of the state tournament picture.
Once again, Kelsey Clemens led Plainville to victory as she smashed in a game-high 16 points and was no match for undermanned and outgunned Berlin.
Rachel Lancaster etched in a double figure effort with 10 points, Step Martino notched nine and Deja Nolan scored six to lead the Blue Devils.
Alicia Maule scored 14 for Berlin but was no threat to Plainville as the visiting squad took an early lead and never relented.
The Blue Devils led 11-3 out the gate and wrapped up a 20-10 halftime push to take control of the contest.
Plainville scored eight of the 14 total points scored in the third period and led by a 28-16 tally with just eight minutes to go.
The Blue Devils finished the game with a flourish as Plainville outscored the Redcoats 19-9 in the final frame and in the end, Berlin fell 47-25.
NOTES…The Blue Devils ended its regular season with a 46-32 victory over Bristol Central from the Ivan Wood Gymnasium in Plainville on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Blue Devils ended the campaign at 12-8 while Bristol Central finished up at 13-7.
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