BAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth Eagles had the Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ basketball team sweating for every point it scored, but the Trojans refused to back down and pulled away for a 41-34 victory on Tuesday night.
Senior Sierra Tapley scored a game high of 15 points. Kelsey Shaw contributed nine.
“It’s always a battle when we play each other, so it’s always fun,” MDI coach Brent Barker said. The Trojans now stand at 7-1 on the season while the Eagles dropped to 7-2.
The Eagles scored the first points of the game and took an early lead. The Trojans quickly answered back, trailing closely behind until the end of the quarter when MDI’s Maya Watras banked a 3-pointer to help the Trojans take an 11-8 lead.
The Trojans’ defense came on strong in the second quarter, allowing eight points to the Eagles — half of what they themselves netted. Tapley added 13 points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer to build a 29-17 halftime lead.
After MDI’s loss to Presque Isle last week, Barker said the team’s focus was on improving their defense.
“I really thought we had a good defensive intensity tonight,” he said. “[We] kind of made them give everything they got.”
The Eagles fought hard in the second half, outscoring MDI 10-6 in the third quarter.
Kate Whitney racked up eight points for Ellsworth, including a 3-pointer.
Barker commended Ellsworth coach Andy Pooler for building the Eagles into a tournament contender.
“He does an unbelievable job with them,” Barker said.
The intensity built up in the final quarter when Ellsworth’s Caitlin Bean began the scoring and the team trailed by just three points.
“The league is tough. Everyone looks at this game and says who is going be the better one,” Pooler said. “We’re proud of the way we battled back and got it to where we had a chance to win the game.”
Even though the Eagles led in scoring in the final quarter, it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Shaw’s 3-pointer helped MDI seal the 41-34 victory.
“It’s one of those rivalry games; both teams are very good coming in [and] we just hope to compete,” Pooler said. “Overall [it was] an excellent game, nothing to be ashamed about.”
Pooler said even though his team “dug ourselves too much of a hole early on,” he was impressed to see them battle back. “I saw some good things out of the girls, some good drives. If we get down, we can pull ourselves up.”
The Eagles are set to take on Houlton on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Trojans will play Mattanawcook Academy at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
WA 52, Sumner 29
Caitlyn Lyons poured in 27 points to power Washington Academy (4-6) past Sumner (4-8) on Tuesday.
Casco Haley paced Sumner with eight points, and Taya Moore posted six.
DI-S 37, Sumner 33
Ally Eaton led all scorers with 21 points to propel Deer Isle-Stonington (3-5) to victory over Sumner on Monday. Ashley Haskell chipped in with eight points for DI-S.
Taylor Merchant led Sumner with 12 points, and Taya Moore added 11.
Ellsworth 50, GSA 41
Madison Card scored nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to help Ellsworth seal the win over George Stevens Academy (6-3) on Saturday.
Kate Whitney added 11 points while Sammy Mason had eight for Ellsworth.
Morgan Dauk paced GSA with a game-high 24 points, including going 12-for-14 from the foul line.
DI-S 44, Greenville 24
Ally Eaton scored a game-high 24 points to propel Deer Isle-Stonington past Greenville (0-6) on Saturday.
Presque Isle 80, MDI 57
MDI lost to Presque Isle (7-1) on Thursday.
Ellsworth 64, Caribou 41
All 10 Ellsworth players scored en route to their win over Caribou (1-6) on Thursday.
Madison Card led the way with 12 points, and Callie Hammer added 11. Caitlin Bean chipped in with 10 points.
Calais 58, Bucksport 49
Bucksport (2-7) lost to Calais (6-2) on Wednesday.
MDI 71, Caribou 50
MDI went on an 18-4 run midway through the first quarter to break open a close game and defeat Caribou on Wednesday. Kelsey Shaw led MDI with 19 points, and Sierra Tapley added 16 points.
Presque Isle 63, Ellsworth 38
Emily Wheaton scored 21 points to lead Presque Isle past Ellsworth on Wednesday.
For Ellsworth, Madison Card tallied 11 points.