Mike McManus was in the Noble & Greenough High School gym in Dedham last Friday, doing what he’s done many times in his adult life: observing the McManus and Hill family women making basketball history.
Granddaughter Devin Hill of Edgartown drained a free throw for Milton Academy, giving the junior 1,000 points in her high school career. Hill finished the game with 1,013 career points, joining her older sister Erin, and her mom, Maureen McManus Hill, in the family 1,000-point club.
In 2016, sister Erin became the third woman (Vanessa Pisano and Kara Shemeth) in Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) history to score 1,000 points. McManus was there. In 1983, Maureen McManus passed the 1,000-point mark, the first time a woman had done it for the Winthrop High School Vikings, finishing with more than 1,800 points. McManus was there.
Devin has another year to add to her high school totals. Erin is on the Yale University team, and began her collegiate career with a few points this season. Between them, the Hill women have more than 4,000 high school points. Add to that the 1,800 points Maureen had at Lafayette College, en route to a New England Basketball Hall of Fame career, and the Hills have made more than 5,000 high school and college points, and counting.
Staggering numbers — and it’s a club Devin wanted to be part of. She told Matt Goisman of the Cape Cod Times that joining the 1,000-point family club was a goal, and one she’s happy and relieved to achieve. Devin played for three years at Falmouth Academy before transferring to Milton Academy, repeating her junior year.
Erin and Devin have athletic genes. Their dad, Brad Hill, is a top fitness trainer on the Island. Their mom’s success is well-chronicled, and she coached her kids in girls travel, middle school, high school junior varsity, and varsity basketball on the Island for a decade.
Natural ability is only part of the story. It’s also about the work. “They put in the work. Their achievements represented a lot of time in the gym, a lot of missed parties and sleepovers, to get better at their sport,” Maureen Hill said last Friday in a phone interview.
Watching on-court success can be misleading, Hill believes. “You know, we watch [NBA star] Stephen Curry draining three-pointers, and it seems effortless, but we don’t see the hours and sacrifices he made to get to that level,” she said.
The Hills have been coached in a team game. Maureen recalls that one of Erin’s three top basketball moments was watching MVRHS teammate Mariah Duarte drain a three at the buzzer to win a playoff game.
Like her sister, Devin is being courted by top D1 colleges, but that’s down the road. “She is focused on the present, achieving her next goals, for her team and herself, in high school. We’ll see what happens when we’re at that point,” Maureen Hill said.
Mike McManus has more time in the gym in front of him.