BANGOR, Maine — Hannah Shaw said she knew her Mount Desert Island girls basketball team was the underdog against a Nokomis High School team that was undefeated entering Wednesday night’s Eastern Maine Class B semifinal at the Cross Insurance Center.
“People said Nokomis was going to end Presque Isle’s winning streak. That motivated us,” said Shaw, who scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as her third-seeded Trojans upset Nokomis 46-44.
It was a seesaw affair in which neither team led by more than six points.
“This wasn’t our best game of the season but it was one of our best ones,” said Kelsey Shaw, Hannah’s younger sister. “We knew we’d have to play well defensively. We spend half of our practices working on defense.
“We had to keep an eye on their big girls [Anna MacKenzie and Mikayla Charters] but we also had to watch their [outside] shooters,” said Kelsey Shaw, who complemented her sister with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals.
The Shaw sisters also said it was important for them to hold their own on the boards with the Warriors, which they did at key times in the game although Nokomis finished with a 31-23 edge in that department.
The Shaw sisters teamed up to give the Trojans the lead for good with 5:17 left.
Hannah Shaw fed her sister for a layup and Kelsey was fouled. She converted the free throw to make it 37-35.
Hannah Shaw sank a free throw 30 seconds later to extend the lead and, after Charters hit a 10-footer from the base line, MDI’s Sarah Phelps sank two free throws.
MacKenzie hit a foul line jumper with 2:02 left to cut it to 40-39 but Kelsey Shaw passed to Molly Carroll for a jumper from the corner and MDI’s pressure defense forced a traveling violation.
Phelps sank two more free throws with 1:07 left to expand the lead to 44-40.
Kelsey Shaw then stole the ball and Carroll hit a free throw to make it 45-39 with 31.7 seconds left.
Phelps sank another free throw with 23.5 seconds left to all but cement the win.
Phelps finished with seven points, two steals and two blocked shots.
Kelsie Richards finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five steals to lead Nokomis.
“We missed some easy layups and didn’t make our foul shots,” said Richards.
Nokomis went 7-for-14 from the foul line.
Charters had 11 points and seven rebounds and MacKenzie wound up with nine points and seven rebounds along with two blocked shots.
Kylie Richards, Kelsie’s twin, had five rebounds and three steals.