Maya Watras of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team shoots in a home game against Houlton High School Saturday. The Lady Trojans won 47-41 to remain undefeated. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Lady Trojans down Houlton

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team overthrew last year’s Class C State Champions, Houlton High School, in a home game on Saturday.

Both teams fought hard, swapping the lead throughout. But the Trojans emerged with a 47-41 victory and are now 5-0 on the season.

MDI was led in scoring by Sierra Tapley, who notched 15 points for the team. Senior forward Kelly McConomy pitched in 12.

“I knew coming in that this was going to be a battle, that they [Houlton] are going to play hard, and that they’re going to be ready for us,” said MDI Coach Brent Barker. “I was really happy with our effort. We had to grind it out, which I like, because it’s going to make us better and help us when we get into the tournament.”

Kelsey Shaw controlled the tip-off for MDI, but the Shiretowners quickly gained possession and sank the first basket. Shaw replied with a basket for the Trojans off an assist from McConomy.

Houlton successfully sank several free throws. With a lay-up from MDI’s Tapley, the score was tied at 6-6 with three minutes left in the quarter.

Free-throw conversions from MDI’s Abbe Miller and another basket from Tapley took the Trojans to a 13-9 lead just before the buzzer.

McConomy began the second quarter by racking up points for the Trojans. Junior guard Maya Watras added four more, while Maddy Candage had two. Their opponent, however, gained momentum with two minutes until the end of the half and quickly erased the deficit by adding 13 points versus MDI’s 10.

The Lady Trojans began the second half with a single-point lead.

McConomy sank two more baskets, and Shaw converted free throws, but Houlton refused to back down, often swapping leads with MDI. With their 8 more points to MDI’s 7, the score was tied at 30-30 at the end of the third quarter.

The Shiretowners quickly took the lead in the fourth by sinking free throws and focusing on rebounding. With three minutes to the end of the quarter, the score was tied at 39-39.

The Trojans, however, tightened up on defense and successfully hit free throws to seal a 47-41 victory over Houlton.

MDI was 15-25 from the free-throw line.

MDI 67 – John Bapst 25

At the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, MDI outscored John Bapst 35-2 over the game’s final 13 minutes en route to the win.

Shaw led the Trojans with 22 points and eight rebounds. Tapley added 17 points and four assists.

“[In] both games, we had two quality opponents,” said Barker. “We were able to execute well enough down the stretch to plot a victory.”

MDI will travel to Aroostook County to play against Presque Isle on Dec. 29 and Caribou on Dec. 30.

The 10-day hiatus will allow the team to work on their offense, ball reversal and “team chemistry,” which Barker noted has improved in the past games. “We want all [our] aspects to be better when February comes around.”


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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