Martha’s Vineyard 8th graders win St. Patty’s hoops tourney

The victorious Vineyard eighth grade girls travel team. Front, l to r: Molly deBettencourt, Whitney Schroeder, Erin Hill; Back: Lucy Ulyatt, Lacey Dinning, Amanda Bernard. — Photo by Maureen Hill

The Vineyard eighth-grade girls travel basketball team played in the Bourne St. Patty’s Day tournament over the weekend and came away with the championship.

The title game was a matchup of the Cape Hoops League’s top two teams. League champs Martha’s Vineyard beat runners-up Falmouth, 27-20. Tournament MVP Erin Hill scored 11 points for the Vineyard. Molly deBettencourt added eight and Lacey Dinning had six.

The Vineyard girls booked a place in the finals with a 41-22 semifinal win over St. Pat’s of Worcester. Hill racked up 26 points and Whitney Schroeder had 13.The girls began the tourney with a 41-15 win over Sandwich. Erin Hill and Molly deBettencourt led the way with 23 and 10 points, respectively.

In the second round, the Vineyard conquered a physical Westport squad, 36-15. Again Hill was dominant and totaled 24 points. Molly deBettencourt scored six.

The Vineyard (16-4) finish up their season Saturday and Sunday with games in Kingston.

7th-graders reach semifinals

The Vineyard seventh-graders also played in the Bourne St. Patty’s tournament and reached the semifinals before bowing out to Cape League champs Falmouth, 23-21.

M.V. was the only team to beat the Clippers during the regular season, and for most of the semifinal, they looked likely to do it again. Falmouth finally pulled ahead with three minutes left to play. Devin Hill drained a three-pointer with ten seconds left to pull the Vineyarders within two, but Falmouth survived. Hill had 13 points and Kat Roberts added six.

The Vineyarders started off the tourney with a 17-9 loss to Westport. M.V. hadn’t played in a month and couldn’t get the rust out. Kat Roberts scored four for the Vineyard.

The girls righted the ship against Old Rochester with a 28-12 win in game two. Roberts had the hot hand from the outside and scored 12 points. Devin Hill had 10.

The seventh-graders end the season this weekend in Kingston.