Ellsworth's Kate Whitney passes the ball in the team's 52-39 win over Central on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS

Depth gives Ellsworth girls’ basketball 2-0 start

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team pulled away from close halftime scores to win its first two games of the season.

Ellsworth broke a 24-24 tie with Central en route to a 52-39 victory at home Tuesday night.

“Central is a very tough team defensively,” Ellsworth coach Andy Pooler said. “All it takes is one big shot to really kick us into gear.”

That shot came at the end of the third quarter when Kate Whitney hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining, giving Ellsworth a 37-33 lead.

Pooler said Whitney, a senior transfer student from Machias, has drastically added to the team.

“She brings a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge and skill,” Pooler said. “She complements our team really well. It takes the pressure off of them.”

Pooler said Whitney’s presence frees senior Madison Card up for shots as well as senior Caitlin Bean to play the post where she’s comfortable.

“She’s just such a scrapper,” Pooler said of Bean. “And Madison has been playing really well.”

Momentum stayed with Ellsworth in the final period, when the Eagles outscored Central 15-6.

Bean knocked down a total of 14 points, and Card added 12 to pace Ellsworth to the win.

Pooler said that with the depth of talent on his team, he doesn’t know who will be the team’s leading scorer in a given game.

“Each night, it’s somebody different,” Pooler said. “We’re small, but you can’t measure our heart.”

Ellsworth 53, Foxcroft 39

Ellsworth rolled past Foxcroft behind Kate Whitney’s game-high 23 points for the season-opening win on Friday.

Madison Card and Hannah Sargent each contributed 11 points for Ellsworth.

Piscataquis 52, GSA 40

Piscataquis never trailed on Monday en route to earning its second win of the season.

Morgan Dauk paced George Stevens Academy with 15 points, and Mazie Smallidge added 12.

Sumner 50, Bucksport 41

Taya Moore and Anna Young led Sumner with 12 and 11 points in helping the Tigers defeat Bucksport on Monday.

Breanna Coombs led Bucksport with a game-high 16 points, and Cassie Coombs added 11.

Searsport 50, DI-S 28

Melinda Ogden poured in 20 points to lead Searsport by Deer Isle-Stonington on Monday.

Ally Eaton paced DI-S with 11 points.

GSA 55, DI-S 15

Morgan Dauk and Mazie Smallidge combined for 17 points in the first quarter to lead GSA to the season-opening victory on Friday.

Dauk recorded 22 points and 19 rebounds while Smallidge scored 16 with 12 rebounds. Hanna Gutow recorded five assists in the first half.

Ally Eaton led DI-S with eight points.

Searsport 38, Bucksport 26

Searsport topped Bucksport on Friday.

MDI 62, Old Town 31

Sierra Tapley scored a game-high 22 points for Mount Desert Island in the team’s season-opening win Friday.

WA 59, Sumner 41

Nicole Mitchell scored 21 points to lead Washington Academy to victory on Friday.

Taya Moore led Sumner with 13 points. Taylor Merchant added 12, and Casco Haley had 10.

Ellsworth’s Caitlin Bean drives in past a Central defender for a layup on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Madison Card dribbles past a Central player on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Hannah Sargent fakes out a Central player with a no-look pass on Tuesday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS

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Taylor Vortherms

Taylor Vortherms

Sports Editor at The Ellsworth American
Taylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.

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