Keely McConomy, left, and Mariah Hamor at a varsity girls’ basketball practice last week. The Trojan girls are set to host tip-off games against Lake Region and Greely High School on Friday, Nov. 27. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Seniors will shape MDI girls’ season

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team head Coach Brent Barker began his 10th season coaching the Trojan girls this year.

After three days of tryouts and only two days of practice last week, the varsity team travelled to Fairfield on Saturday to compete in the Lawrence Bulldog Classic preseason tournament. The Trojan team played against Messalonskee and Lawrence High School.

Even though the MDI team was defeated in those games, Barker said they accomplished their goals of gaining experience and of self evaluation.

“We did a lot of good things going in with only two days of practice,” he said. “I told the kids I wasn’t worried about wins or losses. We wanted to go there and see where we’re at, what we need to work on and compete against some different people than we’re used to. All those things we did a good job of.”

Tuesday evening, the team was slated to play an away game against Hampden Academy, a Class A team. The Lady Trojans are gearing for home tip-off games against Lake Region and Greely High School on Friday.

Barker said it’s still early to determine the outlook of the regular season and believes the senior players, Keely McConomy, Sierra Tapley and Kelsey Shaw, who have been on the varsity team for the past three years, will play a crucial role in shaping the season. “They know what to expect. They provide great leadership, and I think that these are players the kids look up to, and that’s really want you want in your senior leaders.”

The other eight players do not have as much experience, and Barker is working on “getting them caught up and blending them in.” He said the senior players are instrumental in helping them understand “what it takes to play at this level.”

Another senior on the team, Cassidy Parady, will play her second season on the varsity girls’ basketball team.

The Trojan team fell 62-50 to the Gardiner Tigers in the quarterfinal tournament after an undefeated regular season last year.

“That was a tough way to end our season,” reflected Barker. “But we have come back now and are ready to go and see what we can do this year.”

His expectation for the team and the “senior leaders” is to “get to the tournament and go as far as we can. That’s the outlook we always have.”

Among the senior players on the team are Tapley and Shaw, who signed letters of intent last week to accept scholarships to play college basketball.

“They have put a lot of time and energy into playing basketball and with the time they spent, they’re getting what they deserved,” said Barker. “They’re both very hard workers, and I think they should be proud of the achievement. I think it’s great for them and good publicity for us as a program.”

MDI hosts a tip-off tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, with girls’ games. Planned games are Ellsworth vs. Greely at 1 p.m., MDI vs. Lake Region at 2:30 p.m., Ellsworth vs. Lake Region at 4 p.m. and MDI vs. Greely at 5:30 p.m.

The regular season begins Friday, Dec. 4, when the girls travel to Old Town at 7 p.m.

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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