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The team’s 55-38 win at home Wednesday propels them to the quarterfinals at home Friday.

Mariah Duarte smiles as the clock ticks down towards Martha's Vineyard's first round victory over Randolph High School. – Photo by Michael Cummo

Martha’s Vineyard beat Randolph High School Wednesday afternoon at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, 55 to 38, to win its opening game in the MIAA girls basketball playoffs.

Fourth-seeded Martha’s Vineyard came out swinging. The girls used fast breaks and pressure defense to jump out to a 10-0 lead. Randolph closed the gap, though, putting the score at 15-8 after the first quarter.

Lackadaisical perimeter defense and several sloppy turnovers allowed the Randolph Blue Devils to get back into the game. At one point in the second quarter they trailed by only three points. But Erin Hill put the Vineyarders back on the winning track, first with a silky hook shot, then with a smooth three-pointer.

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Emily deBettencourt throws a cross-court pass. – Photo by Michael Cummo

Martha’s Vineyard fouled Randolph early and often; the Vineyarders committed 11 first-half turnovers, including guard Mya Houston, who picked up three. Erin Hill led all scorers with 16 points through the first half.

The Vineyarders started the second quarter much more slowly than the first, turning the ball over and giving Randolph several easy buckets. With the score again within three, 29-26, Martha’s Vineyard center Samantha Hargy took over, grabbing several crucial rebounds on both the offensive and defensive end, and giving the Vineyarders the confidence they needed to extend the lead. With two minutes left in the third quarter, Hargy became entangled with a Randolph player, falling hard to the floor. She left the court of her own free will, with tears in her eyes. She would return at the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Martha’s Vineyard up 38-26.

Vineyard star Erin Hill goes up for a shot in the first half of a playoff game against Randolph. – Photo by Michael Cummo
Vineyard star Erin Hill goes up for a shot in the first half of a playoff game against Randolph. – Photo by Michael Cummo

In the fourth, the girls buckled down and pressured Randolph into making mistakes. They continued to extend their lead, and would not relinquish it. Samantha Hargy, in her return after the hard fall, scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter while dominating the paint. Molly deBettencourt also had a standout fourth quarter, scoring nine of her 11 in the final eight minutes. The late push cemented a Vineyard win. The game ending 55-38. Standout Erin Hill ended the game with 20 points.

Coach Maureen Hill after the game said, “The girls came up much better in the second half. We talked about how to improve defensively, and executed much better in the second half.”

The Wednesday win means the Vineyard girls will play the winner of the game between Hanover High School (fifth seed) and Ursuline Academy (12th seed) of Dedham. The quarterfinal game is scheduled for 4:30 pm, Friday, Feb. 27, in the MVRHS gym.

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Devin Hill tying up the game against Falmouth with a free throw. She would sink the next one to put the Vineyard ahead and secure a victory. – Photo by Maureen Hill

The Vineyard girls seventh-grade travel basketball team split their doubleheader last Saturday, beating Falmouth 26-25 but losing to Rochester 31-30. Both games, held at the Oak Bluffs School, were exciting and competitive.

In the first game, Devin Hill’s two free throws with 14 seconds to play clinched the victory. Devin led the team with 14 points, while Sasha Lakis and Riley Yuhas both had 4.

The Vineyard girls faced a quick, pressing Rochester team during their second game, and they felt that pressure all game. Devin Hill led the way again with 12, while sharpshooter Emily Mello had 8. Defensive stalwart Sasha Lakis contributed 6 points, but more important had several crucial blocks. The girls next play off-Island against Dartmouth and Barnstable.

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The seventh-grade girls travel basketball team played against Falmouth and Barnstable this past weekend, and dropped both contests. The Islanders lost to Falmouth, 42-28. Devin Hill led the Vineyard with 16 points and Sasha Lakis added 5.

The girls lost to Barnstable, 42-22. Devin Hill was again the leading scorer, this time with 17 points. The Vineyarders play at home Saturday when they face Dartmouth at 10:45 am in Oak Bluffs. They then take on Lakeville at 4:30 pm, also in Oak Bluffs.

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Erin Hill (left) and Kat deBettencourt led the charge for the MVRHS girls basketball team this year. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard varsity girls basketball team used a suffocating defense to earn a big 37-22 road win Friday over Eastern Athletic Conference rival Somerset Berkley. Erin Hill led the Vineyarders with 17 points. Kat deBettencourt added 11 more.

M.V. improved to 8-6, 2-3 EAC and hosts Coyle Cassidy in a league contest Friday at 4:30.