Girls will have deep bench

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls basketball team met George Stevens Academy Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and defending Class A champion Hampden Academy Tuesday in preseason scrimmages at home.

The controlled scrimmage Saturday did not have a winner or loser as the teams reset the score after each of the six periods they played. Nevertheless, head coach Brent Barker was pleased with the effort his team showed.

Alexis Clarito of the Mount Desert Island High School basketball team shoots Saturday in a preseason matchup with George Stevens Academy.

“We showed some good moments and some moments we’ve got to learn from, but I think you have to be pleased with what we showed for a first scrimmage,” Barker said. “When the players made mistakes, they kept on fighting and playing their tails off. That’s a good thing for a coach to see right out of the gate.”

MDI returns all but three players from a roster that finished with the No. 3 seed in a loaded Class B North field last season. That means Barker’s team will have a good mix of returning talent on which to rely and young players with opportunities to earn meaningful playing time.

“Every year is a new roster, and that means you have kids who are new to the team and kids who are trying to move from a role they had before into a new role,” Barker said. “What I’m most pleased about with this team is that we have anywhere between 10-14 players who can play for us on a given night, which is something you certainly have to appreciate.”

The Trojans will travel to play Maine Central Institute at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the squad will head to southern Maine to take on Freeport and Lake Region.

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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