BANGOR, Maine – Despite two regular-season wins over Hermon, the Mount Desert Island girls basketball team knew a victory in Saturday morning’s Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal wouldn’t be an easy task.
The No. 7 Hawks made it tough, but the No. 2 Trojans held on for a 49-41 win and berth in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal against No. 3 Winslow.
“We’re a third-quarter team, and we really wanted to win this so we came out pretty strong,” said MDI senior Sara Carroll, who had a game-high 19 points, including 12 in the second half. “They fumbled with the ball a little, and that’s where we attacked them.”
The two teams were tied at 19 points apiece at halftime — MDI’s Jessica Swanson tied it with a jumper at the end of the half — and traded leads in the third until Trojan junior standout Megan Phelps found Elizabeth Sargent inside for a 30-28 lead which MDI (17-2) would not relinquish.
The Trojans had as much as a 10-point lead in the fourth, but the Hawks (11-9) came back and cut it to 42-39. That was as close as Hermon would come, however, as MDI made five free throws in the final 1:18.
“A couple of missed layups, if we would have made those, it could have changed the momentum,” Hermon coach Margie Deabay said. “I’m not disappointed. The girls played hard.”
Phelps finished with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Hermon’s Ashley Thayer scored 10 of her team-best 14 points in the second quarter. Freshman Kayla Snow had