Ellsworth’s Kate Whitney fights for the ball in Ellsworth’s 45-40 win over Old Town on Monday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS

Ellsworth girls’ basketball team rallies for eighth win

ELLSWORTH — After a 10-day lull in the Ellsworth High School girls’ basketball team’s game schedule, the Eagles struggled to rediscover their groove against Old Town on Monday.

Ellsworth’s only losses this season had been to the top three Class B North teams. So when the No. 4-ranked Eagles trailed the 0-12 Old Town Coyotes by six points at halftime, Ellsworth coach Andy Pooler said it felt like a lot more.

“The energy wasn’t there, and we just weren’t clicking,” Pooler said. “I was just happy the way we battled back.”

Things started clicking for the Eagles in the second half en route to their 45-40 win. Ellsworth improved its record to 8-3, falling only to Houlton (13-1), Mount Desert Island (12-1) and Presque Isle (10-1).

Old Town took an early lead from the free throw line, sinking five foul shots in the first quarter. Ellsworth senior guard Madison Card hit a field goal seconds before the buzzer to cut the Coyotes lead to 9-8 entering the second period.

Card gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, starting the quarter with another two baskets. With Ellsworth up 12-9, Old Town answered back with 11 unanswered points — eight of which were scored by senior guard Brooke Mishou.

Samantha Mason and Katelynn Bagley each hit a free throw for Ellsworth in the final minute, and Old Town entered halftime with a 20-14 lead.

Card opened the third quarter with another field goal, which Mishou cancelled out with a basket of her own.

Momentum seemed to finally shift in Ellsworth’s favor when Bagley came off the bench and hit a 3-pointer, followed by a basket by sophomore guard Hannah Sargent to tie the score 22-22.

“That was kind of the momentum shift in our favor,” Pooler said of Bagley’s 3-pointer. “Really big contribution off the bench. If we’re going to go anywhere, we need that bench presence.”

With five minutes left in the quarter, Bagley and Card scored a combined nine points for a 31-30 lead entering the final period.

The Eagles and Coyotes exchanged leads until the last two minutes. Kate Whitney, one of Ellsworth’s usual top scorers, was kept quiet until then, when she scored the Eagles’ final four points from the foul line to keep the Coyotes at bay.

“She’s a great player, her shots just weren’t falling,” Pooler said. “But she came through with big foul shots at the end to help us win the game. That’s all I can ask for.”

Card finished with a game-high 19 points while Bagley added eight.

Mishou tallied 11 points for Old Town.

“It’s nice to win by 20, it’s less stressful,” Pooler said. “But this time of year, you only have to win by one.”


MDI 54, Central 51

Kelsey Shaw scored 18 points to lead Mount Desert Island (12-1) past Central (5-8) on Monday.

Abbe Miller chipped in with 11 points for MDI.

Bucksport 46, DI-S 32

Bucksport (3-10) beat Deer Isle-Stonington (4-8) on Monday.

GSA 51, Calais 45

Morgan Dauk scored eight points in the decisive third quarter to lead George Stevens Academy (10-3) to victory over Calais (7-5) on Friday.

Dauk led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Mazie Smallidge contributed 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Eagles.

MDI 46, Orono 44

Kelsey Shaw led MDI with a game-high 25 points to an overtime victory over Orono (4-9) on Friday.

Keely McConomy contributed 10 points for MDI.

Machias 44, Sumner 38

Tate Dolley scored a game-high 22 points to lead Machias (5-4) past Sumner on Thursday.

Casco Haley led Sumner (4-10) with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while Anna Young and Taya Moore added eight points each.

John Bapst 60, Bucksport 36

Crystal Bell scored 13 of her game-high 29 points in the opening period to give John Bapst (8-5) a 23-2 lead en route to Thursday’s victory over Bucksport.

Cassie Coombs’ 16 points and Tessa Solomon’s nine paced Bucksport.

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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