BAR HARBOR —The only blemish to the Trojan girls’ otherwise perfect season so far is an 80-57 loss handed to them by the Presque Isle Wildcats on the road on Dec. 31.
On Friday, clad in their green and white gear, the team marched onto the hardwood in a nearly packed Bernard Parady Gymnasium with the goal of avenging that loss. They walked off with a 47-41 victory.
“This was a very good win for us,” said MDI Coach Brent Barker. With the Trojan senior guard, Sierra Tapley, sidelined from the season due to a knee injury, Barker said his squad “needed to believe that we could beat somebody.”
Edging out the Wildcats after a hard fought battle has given the team the confidence they need to “get into the tournament and compete,” he added
Senior forward Keely McConomy led the Trojans in scoring with 16 points, and Kelsey Shaw contributed 14.
Shaw controlled the tip-off for MDI, and seconds into the game, McConomy scored the first points with a layup.
The Wildcats refused to back down and replied with multiple rebounds, shaking the Trojan defense and quickly building an 8-2 lead with three minutes left in the quarter.
Junior forward Mariah Hamor took charge and sank a field goal for MDI. McConomy added points, inching closer to the Wildcats’ lead, and Athena Laurendeau ran coast to coast to even the score at 8-8 with a layup in the final minute.
With seven seconds left in the first period, Maya Watras rebounded, and Hamor sank a 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded.
The Trojan squad heaved a sigh of relief as they entered the second quarter with an 11-8 lead. “That 3-pointer at the buzzer jump started us a little bit,” noted Barker.
That relief was momentarily shaken, however, when the Wildcats outscored MDI 17-11 in the second period. “We struggled a little bit in the second quarter,” added Barker. “We were trying to adjust to their diamond and one defense on Kelsey [Shaw].”
Abbe Miller sank a 3-pointer, and MDI added free-throw points to trail by 3 at halftime.
Barker said he “made a few adjustments at halftime,” and put McConomy on the floor “when there was an opening on their [Presque Isle] defense.”
McConomy responded to these adjustments, racking up a career-high 16 points.
Shaw sank a field goal and successfully converted from the foul line to take MDI up 34-30 into the final period.
The Trojans refused to let go of that lead and added 13 points in the last quarter to seal a 47-41 victory.
The MDI players were 7-for-11 from the free-throw line.
With the regular season approaching its end, the teams that MDI will face now “are all battling for playoff positions,” said Barker. “We [have to] do a real good job of preparing for each team, getting through that game first, and [then] we’ll deal with the tournament when that comes.”
MDI 66 – Caribou 26
The Trojan girls took on the Caribou Vikings in Bar Harbor on Saturday and emerged with a lopsided 66-26 victory.
Shaw led all scorers with 25 points, including a 3-pointer, and Laurendeau chipped in 10.
The Trojans took a definitive 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and again outscored the Vikings 14-7, entering the second half with a 34-9 lead.
Julia Watras and Laurendeau contributed 3-pointers in the final period and took MDI to their 66-26 victory.
MDI was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.
MDI 53-Hermon 30
The girls’ team made it to the top of the Class B North rankings after a 53-30 victory over the Hermon Hawks on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Shaw led all scorers with 24 points, and McConomy added 10.
After evening the score at 8-8 in the first quarter, the Trojans added 10 points vs. their opponent’s seven to enter the second half with an 18-15 lead.
MDI’s defense dominated the third quarter. They limited the Hawks to four points for their 19. The Trojans held on to the lead to seal a 50-33 victory over the Hawks.
MDI was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. The Trojans are now 15-1 on the season and will host Foxcroft Academy on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m. Their final regular season game is set for Wednesday, Feb. 3, against Ellsworth High School on the road at 7 p.m.