Tiffany Smalley snatches the ball from two Wareham wannabes. Photos by Ralph Stewart
At Dighton-Rehoboth, Tuesday, the lady Falcons soared to a 51-39 win after leading M.V. by only two at the half. Nina Butler and Kelly Silvia both scored 10 to pace the Islanders. The M.V. junior varsity won handily, 45-24.
At Seekonk, Wednesday, M.V. led the Warriors midway through the game, 23-14, and then held Seekonk to nine points in the second half, posting a 55-23 win, their third. Brittany Stone paced the attack with 14 points. Ilikea Scott had nine. Tiffany Smalley pulled down 17 rebounds.
Friday, the Lady Vikings of Wareham used a height advantage to take control of the boards and the game, 49-37. Their lead at the half was 27-20. Kelly Silvia, Brittany Stone, and Julie Perry paced the Vineyard with eight apiece.
The teams host Bourne tomorrow, Friday, at 5 pm. The JV game starts at 3.
The M.V. JV took a 17-point lead over Wareham at the half, 27-10, and coasted to a 48-29 final. Hayley Pierce (12) and Martha Scheffer (10) made it to double numbers.
After trailing 18-10 at the half, the M.V. freshmen threw a scare at the invading Lady Vikes at the Boys & Girls Club and lost by the narrowest of margins, 38-37. Much of the credit for the Vineyard comeback rally goes to Caroline Davey who ended the contest with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The MVRHS boys varsity and junior varsity defeated visiting Dighton-Rehoboth at the Sancy, Tuesday. The JVs led from the start, holding a 33-24 advantage at the half and grew that to a 65-51 final.
The varsity started well but saw a 10-point lead vanish to trail 41-40 at the break, despite Terrell Johnson's 22 points. But the Islanders quickly regained a 10-point lead in the second half and held on to a 69-65 final.
Johnson finished with 30 points. Nick Viera (14) and Jacob Vanderhoop (10) also contributed in double numbers.
Seekonk brought its three boys teams to the Island last Wednesday. They won the varsity contest, piling up a 36-21 lead in the first half. Then watched as the Islanders rallied to come within two (45-47) before catching a fatal case of the turnovers, allowing the Warriors to claim a 75-61 win.
M.V.'s Nick Viera led all scorers with 23 points,
Nick Gross scores two of his 12 points against D-R in the jayvee win.
JVs & Frosh win
The Vineyard junior varsity grew a seven-point half-time lead to an impressive 62-45 final. A fast break and control of the boards did the trick. With 14 points, Nick Gross led the Islanders' balanced attack.
At the Boys & Girls Club, where the freshmen teams met, the Islanders pacified the Warriors, 65-28, to improve their record to 3-2, after starting the season with two losses.
Last week, against Old Rochester, the Islanders won a thriller in overtime, 52-50.
Youth Hockey games
The Squirt Warriors and Islanders won their games at the Arena, last weekend, the Warriors edging Y-D, 5-3, Saturday, and the Islanders shutting out Barnstable, Sunday, 6-0.
Tyson Araujo scored four of the Warriors goals and Alexander Vukota had the fifth. Assisting were Austin Morely, Caleb Hallet, and Araujo. William MacDonald, Andrew Wiley, Emerson Mahoney, and Mac Sashin had strong games. M.V. outshot Y-D 28-8.
Andrew Carroll had a hat trick for the Islanders. Also scoring: Dorian Johnson, Matt Davies, and Kyle Stobie. Callie Jackson, Nick Kent and Andrew Carroll assisted. Brian Fraser was awarded the game puck for his outstanding efforts.
The girls team showed improved stick-handling and passing, but they failed to score and lost to Falmouth at the Arena, Sunday, 4-0.
The Tisbury girls squeezed by Edgartown in a make-up game, Monday, 35-32, gaining the advantage of home court in the playoffs. Lauren McLane and Larissa Cacique paced the Tigers.
The girls playoff games were played yesterday: West Tisbury at Oak Bluffs, Edgartown at Tisbury. Winners advance to the finals at Oak Bluffs next Tuesday.
The boys teams duplicate the girls pairings on Thursday: Edgartown at Tisbury, WesTiz at O.B. with finals on Tuesday, the 16th, at Oak Bluffs.