OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team began their season strong with a 62-31 win over the Old Town Coyotes on Friday, Dec. 4.
Sierra Tapley led the scoring for the Trojans with a game-high 22 points.
Trojan girls took on a 16-6 lead in the first quarter with seniors Kelsey Shaw and Keely McConomy adding six points each.
“You always want to start your season on a positive note,” Coach Brent Barker said. “You always want to get your first win out of the way.”
In the second quarter, the Coyotes responded with 12 points, but three three-pointers from Tapley took the Trojans to a lead of 33-18 at halftime.
MDI added 19 more points in the third quarter, with freshman Maddy Candage contributing six points. Old Town added only four. The 20-point lead allowed Barker to tap deeper into his bench.
“A lot of players who are first year … did a really good job of adapting to the pace of the play and physicality of the game.”
Eight out of the 11 players on the team scored baskets for the Trojans. Emma Watras and Julia Watras scored their first varsity points for the team, taking the final score to 62-31.
“By having a big lead, they were able to experience things without a ton of pressure,” said Barker. “They could get a feel for it and play with some confidence instead of playing scared.”
Shaw and Candage both contributed 10 points, and McConomy added four. MDI was 2-7 from the free throw line.
The girls are set to host Hermon High School on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.
“Our league this year is wide open, [and] there are a lot of good teams. We can come ready to play every night,” said Barker. “What we’re working on is the consistent effort day in and day out.”