Mount Desert Island High School basketball player Owen Mild battles with Hermon defenders Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Girls defeat Coyotes, boys crush Crusaders

BAR HARBOR — Difficult road contests over the weekend resulted in a combined three defeats for the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, but both teams got a chance to regroup, and each put a win in the books on Monday.

The wins kept the Trojans toward the top of the Class B standings entering the final 2-1/2 weeks of Class B North play.

Alexis Clarito of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team shoots against John Bapst Saturday. MDI lost that game 66-48 but came back to beat Old Town Monday, 51-25. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

The MDI boys went on the road Monday to face John Bapst and recorded a 71-37 win two days after scoring a season-low 35 points against undefeated Hermon on Saturday. That ended a four-game road trip for the Trojans, who will play six of their final seven games at home.

Monday’s win marked one of the most balanced scoring efforts this year for the Trojans (9-2), who got points from 12 of their 13 players. The team’s top-five scorers were Drew Shea with 17 points, Colby Lee and James McConomy with nine apiece, Brett Duley with eight and Derek Collin with seven.

Friday and Saturday marked back-to-back losses for the MDI girls’ team (9-3) against Hermon and John Bapst, the second- and first-ranked teams in Class B North, respectively. Yet the Trojans responded with a 51-25 win over Old Town Monday in a game that marked the team’s best defensive output since holding Washington Academy to 14 points Dec. 18.

Julia Watras led MDI with 11 points against Old Town, and Emily Banks and Maddy Good joined her in double figures with 10 apiece. Maddy Candage scored seven for the Trojans, Lindsey McEachern added six, and Hannah Chamberlain, Alexis Clarito and Rachelle Swanson combined to add the remaining seven.

The MDI girls were scheduled to host Hermon (12-1) in the rematch Wednesday evening. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams are back in action this weekend when Caribou and Presque Isle come to Hancock County for their annual games against MDI and Ellsworth.

The MDI girls are set to host Caribou on Friday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m., and the boys’ game between the Trojans and Vikings will follow it at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans will then take on Presque Isle on the girls’ side on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m., prior to the boys’ game at 2:30 p.m.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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