The Edgartown girls junior high school basketball team defeated their Oak Bluffs rivals, 44 to 38, in a battle of teams with similar playmaking styles.
Both teams fed their most skilled player repeatedly, particularly in the first half when both teams seemed tight. The Edgartown Eagles high scorer, Erin Hill, finished the game with over half of her team’s points scoring 26 from both sides of the basket, showing equal dexterity from both her left and right hands.
Oak Bluffs star seventh-grader Molly DeBettencourt scored 18 points in the game.
The Eagles led 23-15 at the half.
Oak Bluffs staged a spirited comeback in the second half. Picking up their defense, passing more effectively and setting well-planned screens, double screens at times, they brought the game score back to parity with the added scoring of Lacey Dinning, who finished with 9 points and Rose Engler who scored 5.
Edgartown handled the Oak Bluffs pressure defense by utilizing the scoring skills of other team members. In a well-balanced assault on the basket, Meaghan Sawyer scored 6 points and Kylie Hathaway and Rebeca Lima each scored 4.
Oak Bluffs and Edgartown had split wins in their two previous meetings this season.