Members of the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team include, from left in front, Calli Mitchell, Mia Musetti, Julia Christie, Hannah Vaux, Becca Edgecomb; and in back, Coach Kirk Lurvey, Mackenzie Tinker, Rebecca O’Donnell, Amanda MacLeod, India Ross and Holly Benson.—JEFF WALLS

JV girls grow together



Members of the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team include, from left in front, Calli Mitchell, Mia Musetti, Julia Christie, Hannah Vaux, Becca Edgecomb; and in back, Coach Kirk Lurvey, Mackenzie Tinker, Rebecca O’Donnell, Amanda MacLeod, India Ross and Holly Benson.—JEFF WALLS

Members of the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ junior varsity basketball team include, from left in front, Calli Mitchell, Mia Musetti, Julia Christie, Hannah Vaux, Becca Edgecomb; and in back, Coach Kirk Lurvey, Mackenzie Tinker, Rebecca O’Donnell, Amanda MacLeod, India Ross and Holly Benson.—JEFF WALLS

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island high School girls’ junior varsity basketball team made good strides during the season just past, according to head JV coach Kirk Lurvey. They finished the year with a 10-9 record against some tough competition that featured many players – known as “swing” players – who played at both the JV and varsity levels.

“The competition this year was brutal. We lost a lot of games that I don’t think we should have,” Coach Lurvey said. “We lost them by only a few points and some of that was inexperience. But a lot of teams were playing swingers this year. We had one person who came down [from the varsity] but for a lot of these teams they were the sixth person off the bench. So the competition was pretty fierce this year.”

The final contest of the season was a JV invitational tourney at Sumner High School. The Trojans beat Washington Academy 47-34 in the first round. MDI lost to GSA in semi finals. “It was a bad day with many of our players sick,” said Coach Lurvey. “Still, we shot 12 of 18, or 67 percent from the free-throw line. Our best game ever. We struggled with free throws much of the season.”

He described the team members as a great group of girls. “One of the things is that we brought up five freshmen, so we were kind of young and inexperienced. That ended up being our biggest obstacle. We lost a lot more games than I thought we would because of some of that inexperience.”

There was a lot of room for growth, according to Coach Lurvey, and grow they did. “We really improved a great deal, especially some of the freshmen. A lot of those freshmen players really came along,” he said.

Overall, the team’s athleticism and well-rounded play impressed Coach Lurvey. “We played a fast, up tempo game, in your face. As far as my team went, I never knew who was going to have a good game,” he said. “All of these girls on certain days, contributed. Some girls got more minutes than others but I was pretty pleased with all of them as they cycled through.”

The girls were a true team, both on and off the court. “They did a lot of things as a team like team get-togethers, which I don’t organize. That is all the parents,” Coach Lurvey said. “That is one of the reasons the girls do this. They don’t do this for championships. None of them played basketball to beat GSA at a little tournament at the end of the season. They did this for a bigger purpose, learning basketball, to play as a group, as a team. That’s what it is all about.”

Coach Lurvey’s comments on his team’s players and their performance over the season:

Jocelyn Brown, sophomore: “She was a swinger from varsity and our leading three-point shooter. She gained some valuable experience with us from games.”

Hannah Vaux, sophomore guard: “She is very quick. Light on her feet, very aggressive in our press game. We play a lot of press and she was very valuable in a front line in that. She worked really hard in practice to improve specific things that she knew she needed to do, which is huge.”

Becca Edgecomb, sophomore: “She is my player of passion. She led us in scoring, free-throw percentage and steals for the season. She is fast and aggressive.”

Amber Pelletier, sophomore forward: “She was a solid player for us, especially later in the season. Once she started getting her confidence she said, ‘Hey I can really do this.’ I look for her to do things for us in the post.”

Amanda MacLeod, sophomore forward: “Injuries sidelined her early and she took over as our stat keeper and she was an incredible asset in that capacity. That was a very valuable role for me.”

Rebecca O’Donnell, sophmore: “She was a force inside. She was a powerful rebounder inside. She improved a lot over the season.”

Mackenzie Tinker sophomore: “A solid passer could play inside or out. She had our highest shooting percentage in two-point attempts.”

Holly Benson, freshman: “I would consider her our most improved player. She was our second leading scorer as well, which she sort of came from behind to get that. She really started piling on the points later in the season. She really came alive as the season went on.”

Mia Musetti, freshman guard: “She was pretty aggressive. She got a lot of bumps and bruises because she was always going after the basketball and getting herself in places she maybe shouldn’t have been. She was a strong contributing guard.”

India Ross, freshman: “She is an all-around versatile player. She was the third leading scorer and led in rebounds, assists, and blocks. She could have scored a lot more than she did, but she liked to pass.”

Calli Mitchell, freshman forward: “A strong rebounder. She found herself in the right place at the right time a lot. Good court awareness. She was the best shooter from the floor, literally. One time she landed on the floor, shot it, and made it.”

Julia Christie, freshman forward: “She improved a great deal and learned a lot about the game of basketball. She was a solid all-around player for us.”

Although not technically a player on the team, Coach Lurvey had a fair amount off assistance from Josh Clark, who was the team manager. “He was our video guy. We couldn’t do it without him. We used that film. We critiqued it and used it for the team.”

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