Lady Trojans trounce Wildcats



Senior Molly Carroll of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team guards Presque Isle’s Hannah Graham Saturday. MDI defeated the Wildcats 84-60. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Senior Molly Carroll of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team guards Presque Isle’s Hannah Graham Saturday. MDI defeated the Wildcats 84-60.
PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

BAR HARBOR — The championship dreams of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team got a boost Saturday as they defeated the powerhouse Presque Isle Lady Wildcats for the second time this season. The score was 84-60.

The Lady Trojans now sit solidly as top seed in Eastern Maine Class B with a perfect 15-0 record on the season.

The score was close for the first quarter. The teams were tied at 13-13 with a minute left to play. When MDI pulled ahead 15-13, Presque Isle called a time out. Molly Carroll was the first to score after the clock restarted, and the quarter ended with a 17-15 MDI lead.

Fierce defense from Carroll, Sarah Phelps and all the Trojans held the Wildcats to 11 points in the second quarter. Keely McConomy, Phelps and Kelsey Shaw sank two-pointers in the first minutes, and Sara Norberg added a three. Sierra Tapley had a flying save to keep possession for MDI, sending the ball to Shaw to score. In a long fight for a rebound, Shaw hugged the ball and pivoted long enough for Presque Isle to commit a defensive foul. Tapley sank two threes in the final minute of the half, putting MDI ahead 43-26.

Junior Sierra Tapley of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team sends up a shot Friday against Caribou. The Lady Trojans defeated Caribou and Presque Isle this weekend to remain undefeated. Tapley was named Player of the Week in the league for the second time this season. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Junior Sierra Tapley of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team sends up a shot Friday against Caribou. The Lady Trojans defeated Caribou and Presque Isle this weekend to remain undefeated. Tapley was named Player of the Week in the league for the second time this season.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

In the third quarter, both teams applied full-court defensive pressure, but the Trojans were able to break through with outside shooting and solid passing. Phelps and Tapley each added threes. Darcy Kanu scored on assists from Shaw. The score after three was 66-40.

After a pass intended for Kanu was tipped away, she somehow got the ball back to score in the beginning of the fourth. Carroll scored, assisted by a behind-the-back pass from Tapley. Julianna Cleaves scored in the final minute, Abbe Miller sank a free throw, and Ali Bierman pulled down a rebound. The final score was 84-60.

“I thought we moved the ball the best we have all year long today,” Coach Brent Barker said. “We got a lot of people some open looks. We did a good job defensively, kept ourselves out of foul trouble, and I thought we were able to dictate the tempo. I was happy with our effort. We had four people scoring in double digits.”

Tapley had 22 points in the win, followed by 18 from Phelps, 17 from Shaw and 11 from Kanu. Phelps added 15 rebounds, and Shaw had 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

“We’ve still got a few games to go, so we have to make sure we do our jobs and keep getting better,” Barker added.

MDI 75 – Caribou 34

MDI defeated Caribou in the opening game of the weekend varsity tournament Friday night, 75-34.

The Trojans allowed only 3 points from Caribou in the first quarter and were up 44-14 at the half. By the end of the game, every team member except McConomy, recovering from an injury, had contributed points or rebounds.

Tapley paced the team with 20 points, 6 steals and 4 assists. Phelps had 14 points, and Bierman had 12 rebounds.

The final two regular season games for the team are set for early next week. Monday, Feb. 2, will be their first chance to play at the Cross Center this year as they take on John Bapst at 7 p.m., then they’re set to host Ellsworth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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