BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ basketball team outscored Old Town High School 54-19 during its season opener at home last Friday night.
MDI’s defense held Old Town to single-digit scoring in each quarter while the Trojans’ offense sank a trio of three-pointers, 18 of 44 field goals and 9 of 18 free throws.
The Coyotes scored first when Mackenzie Folsom drained a two-pointer. But the Trojans quickly answered and held Old Town to zero points for the next seven minutes.
Old Town would score again in the first, but MDI would finish strong as sophomore Alexis Clarito sank a three-pointer with 2:11 left in the period.
Mariah Hamor, Maddy Good, Maddy Candage and Abbe Miller each made two points for MDI, finishing out the quarter 11-4.
In the second quarter, MDI again held Old Town to just four points, all from the free-throw line.
Good and Julia Watras also racked up points for the Trojans. For the Coyotes, Corrine Saucier was 2-for-2 at the free-throw line, while both Olivia Albert and Claudia Damboise made one out of two for a halftime score of 19-8.
After halftime, the Trojans gunned it right out of the gate to get the momentum to score 19 points in the third quarter.
Julia Watras racked up seven points, while Good had three points and Hannah Chamberlain nailed a three-pointer with 2:46 left in the third.
Candage, Clarito and Maya Watras each scored two points going into the fourth quarter with a score of 38-12.
MDI came out strong again in the final quarter with 16 points while allowing the Coyotes to score just seven.
MDI Freshman Rachelle Swanson logged her first varsity scores with three points, and junior Emily Banks scored for the first time on varsity with four points.
The Coyotes could have used MDI’s 23 fouls to their advantage but were able to connect for only nine baskets.
MDI was 9-for-18 at the free-throw line and 21-for-56 with field goal attempts.
Julia Watras led the team with 14 points, and Good had nine for a final score of 54-19. Chamberlain had six; Banks and Clarito scored five each; Maya Watras and Candage scored four each; Swanson had three; and Hamor and Miller each had two.
Head Coach Brent Barker was happy with the way the team played.
“You want to get out there and get your first win out of the way, and we did that tonight,” he said after the win.
As Barker indicated last week, the team is continuing to work on shooting and improving its already strong defense.
“We wanted to establish ourselves as a strong team and our defense and athletic ability will carry us through the season,” Barker said. “That’s the identity we want to establish.”
The Trojans were scheduled to play Washington Academy at home on Wednesday and will travel to Hermon High School to face the Hawks on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.