Vineyard girls basketball scores first tournament win

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Whitney Schroeder battles in the paint with Amanda Donoghue, Alison Tougas, and Payton Holmes. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls basketball team defeated the Lady Crusaders  of Carver High School 54-41 on Wednesday in an opening round MIAA tournament contest. The  home team Vineyarders (14-6 in the regular season) led all the way, despite having their hands full with a pesky 10-10 Carver squad.

On paper, the sixth seed MV girls had a clear edge over the Crusaders, seeded 11th. But, in a game that featured aggressive defense and team-oriented offense on both sides, Carver kept it close, trailing by only seven points after three periods. In the last period, the Vineyarders ratcheted up the defense, holding Carver scoreless over one four-minute stretch. Key to this effort was sophomore Rose Engler, whose tenacity in the middle of the MV zone defense helped stifle the Crusader offense.

Vineyard stalwarts Erin Hill and Molly Debettencourt led all scorers with 24 and 20 points respectively. Many of those points resulted from the Vineyard’s patient, pass-oriented offense. For the visitors, the scoring was evenly balanced, with four girls in low double figures.