BANGOR, Maine — Mount Desert Island senior guard Alexis Clarito knew the time was running down in the third quarter so when the ball rolled to her, she had just one option.
She launched a desperation 3-pointer from the left side of the key and it rattled in to expand the Trojans’ lead over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield to 11 and top seed MDI ended a string of four straight Class B North tournament quarterfinal losses with a 42-27 triumph Saturday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center.
MDI improved to 17-2 and will now take on defending state champ Winslow, 13-6, in Wednesday night’s 8:35 p.m. semifinal.
Ninth seed MCI wound up 10-10.
MDI scored the first nine points of the second half to build a 30-20 lead before Sydney Farrar’s driving layup ended MCI’s drought with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
That was the way things stood until a loose ball landed at Clarito’s feet.
“I didn’t really have my footing, I thought I traveled,” said Clarito, whose 3-pointer was her only basket of the game. “I just chucked it up there and I made it. It felt really off when I released it.”