Martha’s Vineyard girls basketball team loses to Abington, 37-30

The playoff game featured defense over scoring.

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Jennifer Worden (left) and Sydney Hamilton put the pressure on Mariah Duarte. – Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity girls basketball team dream season ended Tuesday. The girls fell to top-seeded Abington, 37-30, in the MIAA Division 3 South Sectional semifinals in a game that highlighted defense over scoring.

The Vineyarders jumped out to an early lead on the strength of a physical defense that held Abington to only one field goal through much of the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter the Vineyard girls led 12-5.

Martha’s Vineyard struggled offensively in the second quarter. After scoring only two points, the Vineyarders saw the lead slip away.

Abington forced several key turnovers and capitalized on their free throw opportunities. By halftime, the Vineyarders trailed 16-14.

Molly deBettencourt made two three-pointers in the third quarter, but that did not stop Abington from its lead and knocking the girls out of the playoffs. Erin Hill finished the game with a team-high 16 points, Molly deBettencourt scored six, and Mariah Duarte had four points.