ELLSWORTH — With a 49-35 victory over Ellsworth Eagles on Wednesday night, the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ varsity basketball team finished their regular season with a 17-1 record.
Trojan senior forward Kelsey Shaw led all scorers with 22 points, having logged her 1,000th career point just minutes into the game.
Mariah Hamor chipped in 10 and Keely McConomy added nine.
“I think we did a really good job tonight,” MDI Head Coach Brent Barker said. After the game was briefly halted to honor Shaw’s accomplishment, Barker said his squad was able to “re-energize ourselves and came out with a lot of energy and did a lot of good things.”
Shaw controlled the tip-off for MDI and first points of the game came from McConomy from the foul line. Shaw added two with a jump shot.
Eagles replied with layups and added points from the foul line to trail a single point behind the Trojans. The score at the end of the first period was 10-9.
Shaw began the scoring seconds into the next quarter and junior guard Maya Watras added points off an assist from Abbe Miller.
Just as quickly Eagle player sank a layup to close in on the Trojan lead.
The two rivals went neck and neck rest of the half, several times swapping leads.
With a minute left before halftime, Hamor stole the ball and racked up two points. Shaw ran the court for a jump shot to put MDI up 26-21 at the end of the quarter.
The Lady Trojans tightened their defense going into the second half and the score for the Eagles remained unchanged for nearly half of the third quarter.
MDI quickly built up their lead, adding 16 points in the quarter while allowing just five by Ellsworth.
“We always say the first four or five minutes of the third quarter is when we want to dictate the energy level, the tempo and the aggressiveness,” said Baker. “We did that by building ourselves an over 15-point lead going into the fourth.”
MDI took advantage of the leading 42-26 score at the start of the final quarter and rotated in numerous players.
Even though the Eagles outscored MDI 9-7 in the final quarter, MDI’s lead remained solid. The final score was 49-35, MDI.
MDI players were 7-for-11 from the free throw line.
Going in the tournament season, Barker said, “There’s a little disappointment from last year,” when the Trojan team, fresh off an undefeated season, was eliminated in quarterfinal tournament.
“We are going to try to build on that and kind of use that as motivation as we go through practice and prepare for the tournament.”
MDI 45 – Foxcroft Academy 42
The Trojan squad played their final regular season home game and outlasted Foxcroft Academy 45-42 on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Shaw led all scorers with 19 points. McConomy chipped in 10.
Shaw controlled the tip-off for MDI and, seconds into the first quarter, McConomy converted free throws to take a lead.
The Foxcroft Ponies replied with a jump shot to even the score and then take a 4-2 lead when they stole and sank a layup with just under six minutes left in the quarter.
The Trojan girls struggled in the early minutes of the game, failing to convert several rebounds, but gained momentum when Hamor added points from beyond the arc and Shaw converted foul shots just before the buzzer sounded to end the quarter on a 9-6 lead.
“I expected them to come in with a very good effort. They came in with a lot of energy. They played hard, and we matched that okay early,” said Barker. “They needed this win to help their playoff standings and maybe get them a definite home prelim game.”
The MDI girls quickly built their lead going into the second period when Shaw sank a field goal off an assist from McConomy.
Candage and Shaw added two foul shots each for the Trojans with six minutes left in the half to put MDI up 14-6.
The Trojans held on defensively, allowing seven points to the Ponies to their 15. The score at halftime was 24-13.
Owing to the senior recognition day for the Trojan seniors on the team, Coach Barker said it was “a weird, emotional game for a lot of people.” That may have thrown them off early, but the team caught up with the momentum in the second period. “We came out in the first half and did a good job,” Barker said.
The Ponies, however, were not about to be tamed, outscoring the Trojans in the third quarter by 21-10. They began scoring with a 3-pointer and closed in on the substantial MDI lead by sinking free-throw shots. With just under two minutes left in the quarter, the Ponies were just two points behind with the score of 33-31.
Shaw added a foul point for the Trojans, but in the final seconds, their opponents stole and sank a 3-pointer to even the score at 34-34.
“We did some things we needed to do to stay effective, but they capitalized on our mistakes,” added Barker.
Foxcroft Academy began scoring in the final quarter, taking a two-point lead, but was unable to hold it when the Trojans replied with field goals to add a total of 11 points in the quarter to eight for the Ponies. That sealed a 45-42 victory.
“We made our foul shots down the stretch and did a good job defensively,” said Barker.
The MDI players were 15-for-24 from the free-throw line.