Mount Desert Island High School's Julia Watras shoots Friday afternoon in the team's first contest with rival Presque Isle. MDI won 67-36, remaining undefeated in the season. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Trojan girls trap Wildcats

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team secured their undefeated standing in a 67-36 win over Presque Isle on Friday afternoon. Normally one of MDI’s greatest rivals, the Wildcats were unable to penetrate the solid Trojan defense around the paint to make any gains. More than 50 percent of the Wildcats’ points came from three-point shots around the perimeter.

The MDI girls were more successful with their shots, scoring 14 or more points each quarter. They only allowed Presque Isle more than 10 points in the first and third quarters, limiting them to six points in both the second and final quarters.

In their seventh straight victory, senior Hannah Chamberlain led the Trojans with 17 points, nine of those three-point shots.

“If she’s feeling it, she can go four, five, six (three-pointers) in a row,” coach Brent Barker said about Chamberlain. “She had a great two days. She played really well for us and saved us in a few situations.”

Seniors Julia Watras and Maddy Candage offered 13 points each as part of the win against the Wildcats. Watras worked where she was able to create openings and make baskets through Presque Isle’s defense.

“We have to play our best because we’re going to get their best,” said Barker. “We wanted to make sure all their looks were contested.”

Senior Madison Jandrea led the Wildcats with nine points, all three-point shots. Junior Maggie Castonguay and freshman Faith Sjoberg offered six points each towards Presque Isle’s final score.

MDI 43 – Caribou 16

The Trojans also relied on defense to defeat Caribou 43-16 Thursday evening in the first game of the two-day tournament.

“It shows maturity,” Barker said, “to be able to not have a great game offensively but still keep it going on defense.”

Chamberlain started the game with a three-pointer in the opening seconds, then the defensive battle that would characterize the game got going and the next three minutes were scoreless. Chamberlain, Watras and Alexis Clarito were on the spot with defensive rebounds, but MDI struggled on offensive rebounds and the score stayed low. At halftime, the Trojans led 20-9.

Freshman Olivia Gray had a dramatic assist in the beginning of the fourth quarter, saving a ball that was almost out of bounds and getting it to Candage for a shot that teetered on the rim before dropping in.

Chamberlain hit more three-pointers in the second half on her way to a game high of 17 points. Watras and Candage each poured in 13 points. Zoe Parker logged her first varsity points in the final seconds.

After playing two games two days in a row, the Trojans will not be back on the court until Saturday, Jan. 5 against Oceanside.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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