Vineyard eighth grade girls hoopsters state runners-up


The Martha’s Vineyard eighth grade girls travel basketball team played in the Massachusetts State Travel Championship tourney last weekend, at the Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro and finished second, after a 36-26 loss to Hopkinton in the state final. The Vineyard closed out the season at 23-2.

The Vineyard, unbeaten champions of the Cape Cod Youth Basketball League, won both pool games Saturday and beat Brockton in the semi-finals on Sunday to clinch a spot in the state final. Waiting for the Vineyard was Hopkinton, a team that had won every tournament game by at least 20 points. Second seeded M.V. more than held their own in the first half, leading 15-13. Hopkinton turned the game with full-court man pressure in the second half, wearing down the Vineyarders to earn the win.

Devin Hill and Molly deBettencourt scored nine points each. Molly also had six blocks and numerous assists. Lily Piggott was solid at both ends of the floor and scored four points.

The Vineyard started off the tournament Saturday with pool play against another team from Hopkinton, winning 43-30. Molly deBettencourt scored 19, Devin Hill 13, and Meghan Sawyer five. Next up was Duxbury and M.V. won 56-35. Molly again led the way with 19 points. Devin Hill had 17. Meghan, Rose Engler, and Lily Piggott had six apiece.

With the two pool wins, the Vineyard earned a bye into the semifinals Sunday and defeated Brockton 42-34. Molly had 16, Devin 15, and Meghan eight.

The Vineyard roster included: Saige Araujo, Kathleen Alves, Kiana Casey, Molly deBettencourt, Rose Engler, Devin Hill, Evelyn Medeiros, Ashlee Moreis, Lily Piggott, Julia Regan, and Meghan Sawyer. Although she missed the state tournament due to injury, Kat Roberts was a key player throughout the season. The team is coached by Maureen Hill and Keven Piggott.