Elena Alderman of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls basketball team drives down the court during the home game against the Washington Academy Raiders. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Girls defeat MCI, Orono, WA



BAR HARBOR — The young Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls basketball team had a productive week, with wins in two home games and one away contest.

At home on Saturday against the Maine Central Institute Huskies, the Trojans nabbed their fifth win of the regular season with a 58-43 victory.

Leah Carroll got the Trojans on the board with a three-pointer to start the game, after getting her own offensive rebound. Elena Alderman also contributed a long three-pointer in the first quarter, which ended with a 19-14 MDI lead.

The Trojans zoomed ahead to a 41-14 lead in the second quarter, a strong defensive performance that held the Huskies scoreless in the quarter. Rachelle Swanson, Elena Alderman and Emily Carter led the defensive effort with closeouts, steals and forced jump balls.

“We can control how hard we work defensively, and that’s something we always try to do,” head coach Brent Barker said.

Strong passing and assists helped the Trojans on the other end of the floor, getting the ball outside to Olivia Gray for a three-pointer or inside to Elizabeth Jones in the post. Jones led all scorers with 14 points in the game.

Barker said he was pleased to see his players “looking for the open people, giving up a good shot for a better shot, taking advantage of opportunities.”

A commanding 52-23 MDI lead at the end of the third quarter gave Barker  a chance to get more non-starters some playing time. Grace Witham had two points and forced several jump balls and Lexi Rich had a steal and an assist.

MDI 51 – Orono 33

A strong start sparked a road win against Orono last Thursday. The Trojans led 33-12 at the half. The Red Riots surged in the third quarter, outscoring MDI 12-9, but still trailed 42-24. The two teams each added nine points in the fourth, for a final score of 51-33.

Carter and Carroll each had 11 points in the win and Swanson had nine points. Alderman and Gray each had two 3-pointers.

MDI 44 – WA 31

Wednesday, Dec. 18, held another girls-boys double header as the girls’ game originally scheduled for the day before was postponed.

The first half was a low-scoring, balanced battle; the Trojans led 15-14 at the half. But MDI picked up steam in the second half, pouring in 12 points in the third quarter and 17 points in the fourth to leave the Raiders behind.

Carroll led the scoring with a game-high 20 points, including two 3-pointers, and 12 rebounds. Jones had 11 points.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Liz is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Islander since 2013. She grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. [email protected]

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