Sierra Tapley FILE PHOTO

Injury sidelines standout



BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School guard Sierra Tapley will be sitting out the rest of the varsity girls’ basketball season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.

The 5-foot-8 senior sustained the injury in the Trojan’s 41-34 victory over the Ellsworth Eagles on Jan. 5. She contributed a game high 15 points.

“She made a crossover move, took a shot and got bumped,” said MDI Coach Brent Barker. “[She] lost her balance a little bit and landed funny. Unfortunately, it’s a part of sports now.”

Tapley, who has accepted a full scholarship to play at the University of Maine in the fall, is expected to be sidelined for the next six to nine months for recovery following her surgery in early February.

Barker said, being familiar with Tapley’s commitment and desire to return to the court, “Her time will be on the shorter end. That’s the optimistic hope.”

Tapley, he said, is in contact with the coaches at the University of Maine and will be on a “proper protocol” once their training camp begins in the fall.

“I know she will put the work [and] time in, [and] she’ll be ready to go sooner than later.”

The loss of Tapley has been a blow to the team’s offense, causing Barker to make changes to his lineup.

“Before, we would be able to go out there and score 65 [to] 70 points,” but without one of their strong offensive weapons, Barker said he has had to “simplify a few things a little bit.”

Going forward, the team is focusing on building on their defense.

“We know that we might not be able to outgun people up and down the court, so we’re trying to slow it down a little bit and really focus our energy and efforts on the defensive end.”

Barker also brought up two players from the junior varsity team.

Even though the loss of a senior player has been tough, Barker noted that it has created an opportunity for younger players.

“Everybody on the team has to do their part and take their game another step up for us to do what we want to do, which is ultimately [to] make a long run in the tournament.”

 

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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