Trojan Girls Outlast Hermon Hawks



BANGOR — Senior guard Sara Carroll scored 13 second-half points, including six from the foul line, and the Mount Desert Island Trojan girls needed every one of them in a 49-41 win over the stubborn Hermon Hawks on Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.

 

Megan Phelps of the Mount Desert Island Trojans battles her way between two Hermon Hawk defenders to get off a shot in MDI’s 49-41 win over the Hawks in a girls’ Class B quarterfinal on Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.—HUGH BOWDEN
Megan Phelps of the Mount Desert Island Trojans battles her way between two Hermon Hawk defenders to get off a shot in MDI’s 49-41 win over the Hawks in a girls’ Class B quarterfinal on Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.—HUGH BOWDEN

 

BANGOR — Senior guard Sara Carroll scored 13 second-half points, including six from the foul line, and the Mount Desert Island Trojan girls needed every one of them in a 49-41 win over the stubborn Hermon Hawks on Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.

For most of three quarters in the Class B quarterfinal between the second-ranked Trojans and the number seven Hawks, no more than four points ever separated the two teams.

MDI coach Brent Barker said his squad held some early morning practices to get used to the idea of playing early — Saturday’s game got under way at 9:05 a.m.

But even so, the Trojans and the Hawks both were tentative in the early going, with the first period ending with MDI in front 9-8 on a pair of Carroll foul shots that were taken after time had expired.

Hermon jumped in front early in the second quarter on a three-pointer by junior guard Ashley Thayer, and the Hawks held a slim lead until MDI junior Megan Phelps knotted the score at 17-all with a lay-up near the end of the period.

After one more exchange of baskets, the teams left the floor at the halftime break with the scored tied at 19-all.

The third period was more of the same, with the two squads exchanging baskets until late in the period.

Senior forward Elizabeth Sargent, who came off the bench to give the Trojans some strong minutes, scored from underneath the hoop and followed that moments later with a rebound putback that gave MDI a 32-28 lead.

It was a lead the Trojans never again relinquished.

Carroll netted a three-pointer to stretch the lead to seven points before Hermon freshman forward Kayla Snow scored back-to-back baskets to close out the quarter.

MDI’s Phelps opened the fourth period with consecutive baskets, then hit the front end of a one-and-one.

Carroll followed with a pair of foul shots to put the Trojans in front 42-32, their biggest lead of the game.

Hermon cut the lead back to four as Snow scored from inside and junior Victoria Davenport and Thayer followed with two free throws each, leaving MDI in front 42-38 with 3:37 to go.

The Hawks got another free throw from Snow with 2:13 remaining, but that was a close as they would get.

Phelps gave the Trojans some breathing room, scoring off an assist from senior Jessica Swanson, and the final minute saw a parade of Trojans to the foul line.

MDI connected on five of eight attempts over the final 78 seconds of play to clinch the 49-41 win.

In the first two periods, the Trojans passed up opportunities to go to the basket in favor of the outside shot.

But with most of those shots not falling, Barker told his squad at the halftime break to begin going at the basket and that strategy paid off during the second half.

“A lot of it was nerves,” he said, noting that for many of the girls, it was their first time in a tournament game.

Carroll finished with 19 points to lead all scorers, Phelps added 14 and Swanson contributed eight for the Trojans.

Thayer had 14 and Snow 12 for the Hawks, who closed out their season with an 11-9 record.

The 17-2 Trojans were scheduled to face the third-ranked Winslow Black Raiders in Class B semifinal action tonight.

The 17-2 Black Raiders edged the sixth-ranked Camden Hills Windjammers 39-36 in their quarterfinal game.

For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

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