BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ team improved to 9-1 on the season after defeating John Bapst and Mattanawcook Academy last week.
In a home game on Saturday afternoon, Kelsey Shaw poured in 20 points to help the Trojans roll to a 51-23 win over the Lynx. MDI took a seven-point lead in first quarter and extended it to 31-13 at the end of the half.
MDI demonstrated a strong defense in the next half of the game, contributing 12 points in the third quarter, three times as many as they allowed Mattanawcook Academy to score.
The Trojans led 43-17 at the end of the third quarter and added eight more in the final minutes of the game en route to their 51-23 victory.
Keeley McConomy chipped in six points, and Maya Watras had four.
MDI was 8-for-14 from the free-throw line.
MDI 50-John Bapst 47
At Bar Harbor on Jan. 7, the John Bapst Crusaders started strong and led for most of the first quarter before MDI’s senior forward Shaw replied with a 3-pointer and six more points in the final minutes. That put the Trojan squad up 15-8 at the end of the quarter.
MDI added 13 more to build their lead to 28-18 at the end of the half when Shaw added six and Athena Laurendeau had five, including a 3-pointer.
John Bapst refused to back down and came charging into the second half to tie the game at 36-36 at the end of the third quarter.
In the final minutes of the matchup, the teams battled back and forth for the lead. The Crusaders successfully sank a 3-pointer to take a 40-36 edge over the Trojans with six minutes left. John Bapst then went on to drain four more points from the foul line to expand their margin to 45-41 with three minutes left.
Seniors Shaw and McConomy bounced back against John Bapst by sinking free throws for the Trojans to first tie at 46-46 and then take the lead into a 50-47 victory.
Shaw led all scorers with 23 points, Laurendeau chipped in eight, and McConomy had six for the Trojans.
Trojans were 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.
MDI will take on Orono High School on Friday, Jan. 15, at Orono and Central High School in Corinth on Monday, Jan. 18.