MVRHS girls basketball sinks Sharks

Kylie Estrella shoots a free-throw against Cardinal Spellman Wednesday at MVRHS. She made consecutive shots from the stripe with under 10 seconds remaining to clinch a 35-33 win at Monomoy on Thursday. — Ralph Stewart

The Vineyarder girls basketball team bounced back from a tough home loss to Cardinal Spellman on Wednesday afternoon by gutting out a 35-33 come-from-behind win over the Monomoy Sharks, Thursday in Harwich.

Kylie Estrella made two free throws with nine seconds remaining to clinch the win, and finished as the leading scorer, with 13 points.

“It was well-deserved; we played hard last night,” Vineyard Coach Sterling Bishop said in a phone call to The Times on Friday. “We were down for the majority of the game, but at some point, I don’t know what happened … divine intervention … the girls decided that they were tired of losing and wanted to fight back, and it translated into a victory.”

The Vineyarders gradually gathered momentum in the third quarter, and tied the game on a Sasha Lakis bucket late in the period to tie the score at 23-23. Estrella popped a jumper with 5:35 left in regulation to put the Vineyarders in front for the first time, and sank a follow-up trey for good measure. “Kylie Estrella took over the game, being aggressive, attacking the defense, and outworking everyone on the floor,” Coach Bishop said. 

Sasha Lakis and Taylor Hughes added seven points apiece for the victors.

With a second win under their belts, the Vineyarders (2-5) head to Cape Cod Academy on Saturday afternoon and host Sandwich in a Cape and Island League Atlantic Division contest on Tuesday (JVs, 3 pm; varsity, 4:30), aiming for continued success.

“They finally had a moment where they could believe in themselves, and saw that with hard work, anything is possible,” Coach Bishop said.