Bishop Feehan hoopsters top Vineyard girls

Erin Hill will by key for the MVRHS girls team in the state tournament. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouse Bishop Feehan visited the Sancy in Oak Bluffs Saturday to take on the Martha’s Vineyard girls basketball team. The Division 2 Shamrocks were rock solid and sizzling from the outside in a 75-35 win. Shamrock freshman Katie Nelson scored 18 points and drained four of Feehan’s eight three-pointers.

Despite the setback, Vineyard coach Julie Schmidt saw much that she liked from her young Division 3 Vineyarders. “I think Bishop Feehan, as you can see, are a little bit older and more experienced,” she said. “I’m actually very happy with our girls. They’re still growing, they worked really hard on defense, they didn’t hang their heads, and put in a great effort.”

“I think Feehan, being a Division 2 school, are a little higher and stronger than we are and that was evident. But again, I think we did what we needed to do. We did a great job breaking the press; better than we did at the beginning of the year. I think we’re still making progress and they’re still working together to play as a team.”

Kat deBettencourt led the Vineyarders (5-3) with 14 points. Lucy Hackney had eight and Erin Hill seven.

The girls host Dennis-Yarmouth January 11 at 2 pm.