Players in the MDI “A” vs. Old Town junior high girls’ championship game Sunday of the annual Great Harbor Shoot Out basketball tournament. The MDI A girls won their second weekend tournament in a row, after coming out on top last week at the Sheriff's Cup in Ellsworth. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

MDI ‘A’ girls winners of Great Harbor Shootout

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island “A” middle school girls’ basketball team continued a dominant run over the weekend with a championship win in the Great Harbor Shootout at MDI High School.

After a blowout 58-11 win over the Lady Lions Friday, the MDI A girls had hard-fought wins in close games Saturday. They beat Hermon 36-30, Houlton 33-30 and Old Town 38-37 before entering the finals.

They came up against Old Town needing just one win in two games to take the title in the junior high girls’ bracket. Although the Trojans lost the first game 39-29, the team came out on top in a tight rematch with a 37-34 win to earn the trophy.

The win gave the MDI A team championship triumphs in back-to-back weekends. On March 11, the Trojans completed an undefeated run to the Sheriff’s Cup title in Ellsworth with a win over Houlton.

In high school action, the MDI varsity boys were runners-up in the tournament, losing the title game 65-48 against Hermon after an impressive start to the tournament. They defeated Belfast 59-41 on Friday, then downed Houlton 66-51, Bangor 47-33 and Mattanawcook 67-39 on Saturday.

The game was a rematch, minus the seniors, of the high school Class B North championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor last month, which Hermon also won.

Hampden Academy won the high school girls’ championship. The MDI high school girls recovered from a Friday loss to Dexter 45-39 to make a run in the losers’ bracket Saturday. They won games against GSA 61-34 and Oceanside 55-46 before falling to Hermon 55-52 Saturday evening.

Competition was fierce in junior high boys’ play, ending with a 60-58 victory for the Down East Family YMCA team from Ellsworth in double overtime in the finals.

The tournament is a fundraiser for Harbor House Community Center. It brought dozens of teams and their families to the area for games held at MDI High School, Pemetic School, Mount Desert Elementary, the MDI YMCA, Trenton Elementary School and Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.


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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