Martha’s Vineyard routs Bishop Stang in girls hoops

Miranda Tokarz grabs a rebound away from Bishop Stang's Rebekah Patterson (left) and Abby Means. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard girls varsity basketball team kept on rolling with a 57-32 Eastern Athletic Conference win over Bishop Stang Monday afternoon at the Sancy.

The Vineyarders (11-2, 4-1 EAC) left the Spartans in the dust early, outscoring the visitors 35-13 in the first half.

“It was the best team defense I’ve ever seen them play,” coach Lisa Stewart said after the win. “We just came out and were clicking, looking for each other on offense. Our defense really gets our offense going. The tougher defense we play, the more we relax on offense.”

Kat deBettencourt and Jenny Lindland sparked the Vineyard attack with 14 points each. “Kat is coming into her own, she’s our secret weapon,” coach Stewart said.

The coach also singled out Maggie Riseborough, who had a modest scoring night with eight points but embodied her team’s tenacity. “Maggie playing like she played, the hustling, it’s beautiful to watch.”

The girls play at Sandwich Wednesday afternoon and face a big rematch with Bishop Feehan, who come to Oak Bluffs on Saturday for a 3:15 pm tip off. The Shamrocks handed the Vineyarders their lone league defeat back on January 8.