The Vineyard 7th and 8th grade girls travel basketball teams started Cape Cod League Play last weekend. Each team earned a split, winning at home and losing on the road.
The 7th graders opened the season Saturday against Dartmouth at the Oak Bluffs School and came away with an exciting 31-29 overtime victory. Devin Hill sank two free throws in the extra period to provide the winning margin. Hill also hit Megan Sawyer for a wide open lay-up to tie the game at 27-27 late in regulation. Dartmouth had a chance to win, but the shot went in after the buzzer.
The teams were tied at halftime. Dartmouth went on a small run in the second half and built an eight-point lead. The Vineyard chipped away at the deficit and finally broke down the Dartmouth press by the final minute of regulation.
Devin Hill was the high scorer with 15 points, Meghan Sawyer added 8. Kat Roberts scored six and made some key steals.
Next, the girls played away against a physical Plymouth North team. The Vineyard was leading the whole game, but North hit a shot with seconds left and won, 16-15.
Devin Hill played a stellar game at both ends of the court and finished with 11 points. Meghan Sawyer added four. The 7th graders next play at Rochester on Saturday.
The 8th grade girls started the league schedule Sunday at home against Nauset and rolled to a 43-10 win.
Erin Hill was the high scorer with 16 points. Molly deBettencourt had the hot hand from the corner and ended up with 10.
The girls then traveled to Dartmouth, always a tough place to play, for a game later in the day. The hosts prevailed in a hard-fought contest, 32-29.
M.V. came out sluggish and found themselves down 8-2 early on. Molly deBettencourt and Erin Hill soon got in sync and the girls caught up. The teams went to the halftime break even.
The Vineyard broke out to a seven-point lead early in the second half on two key baskets from Julia Bettancourt, but the girls were starting to feel the strain of playing earlier and lost some of their momentum. Dartmouth climbed back into the game and eventually won out.
Erin Hill was the top scorer with 11 points, Molly deBettencourt scored eight. The girls play away Saturday at Dennis-Yarmouth and Monomoy.