Presque Isle surge downs MDI 62-48 in Eastern Maine Class B girls’ semifinal


Sarah Phelps of the Mount Desert Island Trojans shoots over Megan Ireland of the Presque Isle Wildcats.

BANGOR — In the opening moments of the fourth period in last Wednesday’s Eastern Maine Class B girls’ semifinal at the Bangor Auditorium, the Mount Desert Island Trojans held a 42-39 lead over the top-ranked Presque Isle Wildcats.

But over the next three minutes, the Trojans’ hopes of an upset were erased as the Wildcats exploded for a 13-0 run on two three-pointers by senior Megan Ireland, another by senior Chandler Guerrette and to baskets by sophomore Krystal Kingsbury.

When the onslaught was over, the Wildcats held a 52-42 lead with momentum clearly on their side.

MDI continued to battle, with baskets by freshmen Kelsey Shaw and Sierra Tapley and junior Sierra Myrick, but each time the Wildcats had an answer.

Trailing 57-48 with just over a minute to go, the Trojans were forced to foul and the Wildcats made them pay, going five-for-six from the free throw line the rest of the way to win 62-48.

The Wildcats had sailed through the regular season with a perfect 18-0 record, defeating every opponent but the fifth-ranked Trojans by well over 20 points.

But MDI’s regular season losses to Presque Isle were by nine and 14 points, and for more than three periods on Wednesday, they played the Wildcats on even terms.

Junior Hannah Shaw scored 10 points for MDI in the first two periods as the Trojans took a 24-22 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Sophomore guard Sarah Phelps came up big in the second half for MDI, scoring 11 of her 13 points.

But in the end, it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats got double-figure scoring from a trio of players.

Ireland led the way with a game-high 24 points, including four three-pointers.

Sophomore Hannah Graham had 16 points and Guerrette added 11 for Presque Isle.

MDI finished the season with a record of 18-3, all of those losses coming at the hands of the Wildcats.

Presque Isle went on to down the number three Nokomis Warriors 66-51 in Saturday’s Eastern Maine championship.

The Wildcats set a Class B girls’ tournament record with 10 three-pointers in their quarterfinal win over Ellsworth, and obliterated the previous three-game record (16) for Class B with 25 three-pointers in their run to the Eastern Maine title.

Ireland also tied the Class B tournament record for threes with 10 in the three-games.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]