MDI girls fall to Houlton

BANGOR – The No. 8 Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team gave No. 1 seed Houlton High School a run for its money in the quarterfinal round of the Class B state tournament Saturday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.

Ultimately, the Shiretowners defeated the Trojans 47-39 and will go on to face Hermon High School in the semifinals on Feb. 22.

The Trojans knew they were heading into a defensive battle from the get-go, since the Shires are stacked with one of the best shooters in the state, Kolleen Bouchard.

MDI stuck to Bouchard often, putting two or three guards on her to keep her away from the basket.

The Shires controlled the first quarter, with Bouchard scoring seven points. Rylee Warman put up three points and Emma Peterson had one point.

For MDI, Julia Watras and Maddy Good each scored two points for a first quarter score of 11-4.

The Trojans offense strengthened in the second quarter with Mariah Hamor sinking four points and Abbe Miller shooting two of two foul shots. Julia Watras and Alexis Clarito each put up one point.

The Shiretowners put up 11 points for a halftime score of 22-12.

The Trojans came out in full force early in the third quarter and shifted the momentum in their favor by putting pressure on the Houlton offense.

MDI outscored Houlton with 18 points to the Shires’ 13 points for a score of 35-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

For MDI, Maddy Candage scored nine points, while Julia Watras sank a 3-pointer. Maya Watras, Miller and Hamor each had two points.

The Trojans held Bouchard to just two points in the third. Warman scored five points, while Kristen Brewer, Aspen Flewelling and Makala Watson each scored two points.

In the final eight minutes of the game, the Trojans inched closer to the Shires, and at one point in the fourth quarter, they were behind by just one point.

Even though the Trojans played their hearts out and put up another nine points in the fourth quarter, Houlton’s offense bounced back with three minutes remaining, and MDI fell behind for a final scored of 47-39.

Maya Watras scored four points in the fourth quarter, while Julia Watras scored three points, and Good put up two points.

Candage and Julia Watras led the scoring with nine points, followed by Maya Watras with six points.

Bouchard led with 18 points for Houlton, and Warman had 13 points.

Taylor Bigler Mace

Taylor Bigler Mace

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
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