Vineyard girls basketball edged out by Fontbonne to end season

Erin Hill draws a crowd of Carver Crusaders on her way to the hoop during Wednesday's opening tournament game. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School girls basketball team lost 43-46 to Fontbonne Academy on the road Saturday, ending their post-season run and capping off a 14-6 regular season. The Island girls beat Carver high school in the opening round on Wednesday, but the stubborn Fontbonne defense stymied the team in the quarterfinals of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association’s division three south tournament.

“They played their hearts out,” Coach Maureen Hill said.

Erin Hill led the team with 19 points, 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Molly deBettencourt followed with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, and Whitney Schroeder had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Emily Turney and Lily Pigott each scored 2 points.

The Vineyarders gained momentum in the second half. After coming into the fourth quarter down by five, they cut Fontbonne’s lead to one with two minutes to go. As the clock wound down, MVRHS began intentionally fouling, but were unable to capitalize on several missed Fontbonne free throws, and the Vineyarders came up short by 3 points.

The team sorely missed center forward Sam Hargy, who was attending a Model U.N. conference in New York for the weekend. The remaining offensive powerhouses on the team were held in check by a Fontbonne defense that mixed zone and man to man. “Every time Erin went up for a shot she had three defenders on her,” said Coach Hill.

Coach Maureen Hill said she is proud of her team, and the grit they showed in their last performance. “Erin, Molly and Whitney never came out of the game,” she said. The loss ends a strong year, that included Erin Hill’s milestone clearance of 1,000 points for the season.