‘Tis the season for hoops (finally!)

The Block Island School’s basketball teams are used to playing in front of no spectators when they play games off-island, but when they play at home it’s a different story. Traditionally, crowds fill the gymnasium on winter Saturdays for an afternoon of basketball that often includes four games: girls junior varsity, boys junior varsity, girls varsity, and then in what is usually the big finale, the boys varsity team. Not this year, though.
Due to Covid-19, there are strict rules around interscholastic sports, and no spectators are allowed at games. But the teams play on.
The girls’ varsity team plays in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Division III. They kicked off the season on January 22 in an away game against Hope High School to much acclaim. Not only did they win handily, it was the very first basketball game to be played in the RIIL this year, and the game was featured by The Providence Journal in an article the following day.
Since that first game, the girls haven’t done quite as well. With just eight players on the team, they have now played four out of the seven games scheduled for the season, losing the past

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