Alahna Mild of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team shoots last Thursday in the team's home game against Orono. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Girls defeat Foxcroft in nail-biter Saturday



DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity basketball girls held their breath Saturday when Foxcroft’s Makenzie Beaudry attempted a 3-point shot in the final seconds, because they held a two-point 47-45 lead.

But Beaudry’s shot missed the mark, 47-45 was the final score, and MDI was able to claim its fourth consecutive victory and bring its record to 13-4.

It was the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Foxcroft Academy. A 20-point effort in the second quarter provided the momentum to propel the MDI girls past the Ponies.

The win was MDI’s 13th of the season, exceeding last year’s total of 12. Three of the third-ranked Trojans four losses have come against Hermon and John Bapst, Class B North’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams, respectively.

“That’s one of those games that’s going to be big for us come Northern Maine tournament time because we know we can pull out close ones and finish them off at the end,” MDI Head Coach Brent Barker said. “Foxcroft was one of those teams fighting for that last playoff spot, and we adjusted well even though they were giving us everything they had.”

Maddy Candage led MDI in scoring against Foxcroft with 16 points, and Julia Watras scored 13. Emily Banks scored six for the Trojans, Maddy Good had four, and Hannah Chamberlain and Alexis Clarito had three apiece.

MDI 47 Orono 13

At home on Thursday, the MDI girls delivered their best defensive performance to date in a 47-13 win over Orono. The visiting Red Riots failed to score a basket in the second and fourth quarters.

Watras led MDI in scoring against Orono with 13 points. Chamberlain provided 12 points, and Candage added 11.

“We just came out with a great intensity on defense,” MDI Head Coach Brent Barker said. “We knew Orono was capable of beating anybody because they had just beaten two good teams in Ellsworth and John Bapst, and we were ready and focused from the start.

The team was scheduled to host Ellsworth (10-7) in the regular-season finale Wednesday night.

 

 

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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