BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team got their season off to a strong start Friday at home with a 64-24 shellacking of the visiting Old Town Coyotes.
Kelsey Shaw controlled the tip-off for MDI. Defense for both teams had a strong first few minutes, so the first points on the board were from free throws. Molly Carroll made both free throws for a 2-0 MDI lead, and that seemed to light a fire under the Trojans. Well-coordinated plays by Shaw, Sierra Tapley, Carroll, and Sarah Phelps racked up 20 points in the rest of the quarter.
“When our running game works, it really works!” said Phelps, a senior who posted many of those first-quarter points including two threes and a coast-to-coast drive.
MDI had to fight harder to score in the rest of the game, but they were able to stay well ahead of the Coyotes. Tapley led off the second quarter with a three-pointer on an Ali Bierman assist. Tapley’s speed and ball control made a perfect assist for another three, this time from Phelps at the right corner.
Carroll, Sarah Norberg and Abbe Miller hustled on defense. Shaw scored on a long baseball pass from Phelps. The score at the half was 38-11.
In the third quarter, Keely McConomy scored a pair of two-pointers playing the post. The score was 50-17. Tapley dove to save a ball that was headed out of bounds.
Norberg posted a quick six points to lead off the fourth quarter. Julianna Cleaves added her first varsity field goal, then moments later got her own rebound on another shot and scored again. The end of the game featured lots of jump balls as both team’s defenders tried to slow progress. Miller and Cleaves teamed up in the backcourt. Cleaves ended the scoring for MDI with a three-pointer.
Phelps paced MDI in scoring with 15 points including three threes. Tapley had 11 points, and Shaw had 10.
“We want to get out of the gates quick, establish the pace, energy and effort,” Coach Brent Barker said. “We wanted to be the aggressor. We don’t want to get out-worked in our own place.
“Being Eastern Maine champs last year, this year we’re going to be one of those teams where we’re expecting to see everybody’s best game. “Everyone’s going to be trying to knock us off, since a win like that could move teams up in the tournament placement.”
Game two was set for Tuesday, but has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 18. The team is set to travel to Hermon Friday for a 7 p.m. game.