CARIBOU — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team posted a strong 67-38 win Monday afternoon against the Caribou Vikings while trying new positions and saving some strength for the much-anticipated Presque Isle matchup Tuesday.
Sophomore Darcy Kanu led the scoring in Caribou with 15 points. Sierra Tapley had 13. It was a good game for the team in rebounds and assists.
Molly Carroll led off scoring in the first quarter for MDI, answering a Caribou three-pointer with her own lay-in. On the next play, she had the assist for a shot by Sarah Phelps that put MDI up 4-3. Caribou tied the score 7-7, but after that, the Trojans pulled ahead for good. MDI had a 29-9 lead by the end of the first quarter, on scoring by Kelsey Shaw, Phelps, Tapley, Kanu, and Ali Bierman. Tapley had a three at the buzzer on a Haley Littlefield assist.
In the second quarter, Shaw, Littlefield and Sarah Norberg contributed rebounds. Phelps had 7 of the team’s 17 points in the quarter. The score at the half was 46-20.
Keely McConomy led off the MDI scoring in the third quarter. Carroll twice set up successful shots for Tapley. Bierman added rebounds. Kanu scored on a Norberg assist before Norberg added her own field goal in the final minute of the quarter. The score was 62-28.
Caribou outscored MDI in the fourth quarter 10-5 as the Trojans concentrated on defense. They forced several jump balls. Julianna Cleaves made a field goal, and Bierman, Abbe Miller and Cassidy Parady had rebounds. The final score was 67-38.
“In the first half, we came out and dictated tempo,” coach Brent Barker said. “I liked the fast transitions and our defensive pressure, taking them out of their comfort zone.”
The girls are set to travel to Ellsworth Friday for a 7 p.m. game against their county archrivals. The Ellsworth girls are 4-2 and fifth seed, just behind MDI in league standings.