BAR HARBOR, Maine — Plenty of Heal points were on the line in Saturday’s Big East Class B girls basketball showdown between Presque Isle and Mount Desert Island.
MDI’s Trojans had a distinct height advantage, and they utilized it big-time.
Five-foot-11-inch senior forward Anna Joy scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half while sophomore 5-11 forward Megan Phelps earned a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds as MDI won its eighth consecutive game, 54-39 over the undersized Wildcats at Parady Gymnasium.
The Trojans improve to 8-1 with the only loss being to undefeated John Bapst of Bangor, whom MDI faces at the Bangor Auditorium Tuesday night.
Presque Isle is now 9-2.
MDI was a little sluggish out of the gate, and the Trojans took a little over five minutes to get on the scoreboard and the Wildcats were able to claw out to a 10-6 lead after one.
The Trojans’ post presence took over after that, as MDI embarked on a 17-3 second-quarter run to take a 10-point lead into halftime.
MDI didn’t let up from there as the smaller Wildcats found themselves surrounded by green jerseys every time they entered the post.
Joy and Phelps, along with guards Sara Carroll and Rebecca Thormann, were instrumental in keeping PI sharpshooter Sarah Porter in check.
Porter was held to 11 points on 5-for-18 shooting and the Wildcats shot just 16-58 (27 percent) as a unit.
MDI’s lead peaked to as high as 14 early in the fourth quarter after Carroll’s steal and conventional 3-point play with 6:30 to play.
The Wildcats made somewhat of a game of it, scoring nine straight points, capped by Porter’s 3 from the left wing to make it an eight-point difference with 5:36 remaining.
Joy then scored on back-to-back possessions and MDI led by double figures the rest of the way.
Joy also had eight rebounds while Carroll finished with 15 points and Jessica Swanson seven boards for the Trojans, who out-rebounded the Wildcats 36-27.
Kayla Legassie led Presque Isle with 14 points while Porter had 10 boards. Chelsea Nickerson chipped in eight points off the bench.