MDI girls top Old Town; Deer Isle-Stonington leads Class D North

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Bio OLD TOWN — Brent Barker knew he’d be facing a different version of a longtime adversary when the Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball team headed on the road for its season-opener. From the opening tip, the MDI head coach’s intuition proved correct.In past years, MDI’s victories over Old Town had been decisive. The Trojans had beaten the Coyotes 11 straight times entering Friday, a streak that included 41-, 35-, 31-, 40- and 47-point victories.This time, though, Old Town was coming into the game with all but one player returning from 2016-17, and with a promising freshman class entering the fold, the Trojans had to take their game to a different level. The result was a contest that was closer than the teams’ previous encounters but in which the visitors showed the resilience expected of a contender.The MDI girls used an early second-half run to build a comfortable lead over Old Town and never looked back in a 61-47 road win Friday. The victory marked the ninth consecutive season-opening win for the Trojans, who now enter the thick of a busy December schedule.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We knew were going to have to scrap in order to win and that Old Town was going to pressure us,” MDI head coach Brent Barker said. “They came out and made us work hard for it, but once we got hot in that second half, we kept going.”MDI went on an 8-1 run to start the game before Old Town scored 11 of the next 14 points to pull ahead. Yet the Trojans (1-0) regained the lead on the last shot of the quarter when Hannah Chamberlain hit a 3-pointer from near the half-court line to the amazement of both fan bases.Old Town (0-1) hung with the Trojans for much of the second quarter but couldn’t take the lead. MDI capitalized with under a minute left when Chamberlain made yet another 3-pointer that gave the visitors a 29-23 lead heading into halftime.Yet it was the second half in which MDI began to take control. Led by Julia Watras and Maddy Good, the Trojans went on an 8-0 run in the opening minutes after the break and prevented Old Town from scoring in bunches to build a comfortable lead.“We had our good moments, and we had our bad moments,” senior Emily Banks said. “We really worked well together to pull it off.”The Coyotes threatened at times in the fourth quarter, in which they pulled to within 10 points on two occasions. Yet the home team’s comeback hopes were derailed for good when Chamberlain hit yet another 3-pointer to give MDI a 58-42 lead in the game’s final two minutes.“Every 3 she hit came at a big moment for us when we needed it,” Barker said. “As a team, we needed some of the players who didn’t get as many minutes for us last year to step up and be productive right from the get-go, and I think those players did that.”MDI’s next game will be at home against Foxcroft (0-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. The team will then host Oceanside (0-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.“Looking at our schedule, we play eight of our 18 games this month,” Barker said. “It’s going to come quickly for us, and we’ll have to be ready for that just like we were tonight.”DI-S girls start season 2-0The Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team returned the bulk of its key contributors from last year’s state tournament squad this season, and the Mariners have picked up where they left off in the early going.With wins over George Stevens Academy and Searsport, the Mariners are currently Hancock County’s only 2-0 team. Those wins also have Deer Isle-Stonington as the No. 1 team in Class D North.Against defending Class C North runner-up GSA on Friday, the Mariners got 14 points from Rylee Eaton and a combined 18 from Lily Gray and Kaylee Morey to start the season with a win. The team then defeated Searsport 47-34 on the road Monday to give itself back-to-back victories over Class C opponents.Deer Isle-Stonington’s next game is at home against Sumner (0-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img

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