Vineyard travel hoops

The Martha's Vineyard eighth grade girls travel team was all smiles after winning two playoff games in Falmouth. Front row, from left: Ashlee Moreis, Kat Roberts, Rose Engler, Saige Araujo; Back row, from left: Meghan Sawyer, Kathleen Alves, Julia Regan, Kiana Casey, Lily Piggott, Devin Hill, Evelyn Medeiros, Clare Naughton, and Molly deBettencourt. The team is coached by Maureen Hill and Keven Piggott. — Photo courtesy of Wendy Naughton

8th grade girls in league championship game

The top-seeded and unbeaten Martha’s Vineyard girls eighth grade travel basketball team swept through the first two Cape Cod Youth Basketball League (CCYBL) playoff games played last weekend at the Lawrence School in Falmouth to reach the championship final. The girls will play Dartmouth Sunday at the Bourne Middle School. The game tips off at 1 pm.

The Vineyard started off with a 34-13 win over eighth-seeded Rochester. Devin Hill was the top scorer with 12, Molly deBettencourt had eight, while Kiana Casey and Clare Naughton added four apiece. Lily Piggott played stifling defense, causing numerous turnovers for the Rochester guards.

M.V. advanced to the semi-final and overwhelmed fifth-seeded Plymouth North, 50-21. The Vineyard employed a full-court press and wore down P.N. who were coming off a tough overtime win against Lakeville in the previous round.

Molly deBettencourt scorched the nets at the Lawrence School, finishing with 24 points. Devin Hill added 14 and Clare Naughton had six.

Improved sixth grade boys finish league play with split

The boys sixth grade team finished its season in the Cape Cod Youth Basketball League with a 7-9 record, a vast improvement from a 1-14 mark a year ago.

Saturday in Plymouth, competing in the league playoffs, the Vineyard routed Carver, 39-18, in game one. Jared and Jeremy Regan combined for 34 points. Defensively, M.V. applied a full-court press throughout, resulting in few opportunities for the Carver offense. Tim Wallis continued as the team’s defensive stopper.

In game two, the Vineyard were overmatched by a talented and rested Lakeville team, losing 59-26. The full-court press ran out of gas, while the Vineyard shooters were tired and off the mark. Jared Regan lead all scorers with 14. The team will now prepare for March Madness tournaments in both Bourne and Barnstable.

The team consists of: Logan Araujo, Aiden Araujo, Jack Holmes, Adam Knight, Oliver Metters, Cam Moore, Jared Regan, Jeremy Regan, Daniel Rivard, Avery Villegas, and Tim Wallis.