EHS girls bounce back from Presque Isle loss with win over Bapst

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Saturday against Presque Isle with a win Monday against John Bapst.At Eastern Maine Community College, Ellsworth (9-6) got 17 points from Trinity Montigny in a 37-32 victory over Bapst. The Eagles trailed 14-13 at halftime but outscored the home team 15-8 in the third quarter to pull away and avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the Crusaders (8-6) in the Northern Maine preliminary round.The win pushed Ellsworth from 11th place to 10th place in the Class B North standings. It also gave the tourney-bound Eagles the signature win they team had been seeking after narrow losses to top contenders throughout the year.“We needed that,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe game followed Ellsworth’s double-overtime loss Saturday afternoon against Presque Isle. The Eagles and Wildcats were virtually inseparable for four quarters Saturday with both teams hitting numerous clutch shots before the visitors ultimately pulled out a 65-62 win.Ellsworth led top-ranked Presque Isle (13-3) 7-5 through one quarter of play after holding the Wildcats without a point for a stretch of five minutes. Presque Isle fought back to take a 21-16 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Eagles scored the final eight points of the half to take a three-point lead into the break.Ellsworth and Presque Isle exchanged leads numerous times in the second half, but with 13 seconds remaining, the Eagles led 50-47 and appeared to be on the verge of a major victory. Yet the Wildcats’ Maggie Castonguay then hit a 3-pointer that head coach Jeff Hudson called “the shot of her life” with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.Both teams kept up their solid play in overtime before Ellsworth had a chance to win the game on the final shot with the scored tied at 56. Sierra Andrews’ jumper as time expired appeared to be on its way through the hoop but rimmed out at the last possible moment to force another overtime.“It looked really good,” Pooler said of Andrews’ shot. “Sierra plays for 32 minutes and never gives up a possession, and she had great wherewithal to get herself in position and put up that shot. From my angle, it was halfway down that cylinder, and I don’t know how it popped back up.”Presque Isle led by as many as five points in the second overtime period, but Ellsworth pushed the visitors all the way to the wire. Hudson, whose team was fresh off a 46-44 win over Mount Desert Island just 18 hours earlier, knew the game could just as easily have gone the other way.“Ellsworth played awesome,” Hudson said. “They made big shots, and we had to find ways to respond every time. It was a great game.”Ellsworth’s showdown with Presque Isle came a day after the Eagles defeated Caribou 39-28. Montigny scored 18 points for Ellsworth, which outscored the Vikings 24-13 in the second half after the two teams went to the locker room tied at 15.Ellsworth will host Foxcroft (5-10) for Senior Night on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The Eagles will be on the road against second-place Hermon (14-1) on Friday, Jan. 31, before closing out the regular season on the road against MDI next Wednesday, Feb. 5. All three games are set to begin at 7 p.m.With Hermon and MDI having both defeated the Eagles at Ellsworth High School already this year, Pooler knows beating either or both teams will be extremely challenging. As he told his players after the loss to Presque Isle, though, this Ellsworth squad has already shown it can go toe to toe against formidable opposition.“I told the girls in the locker room, ‘Hey, just stay the course,’” Pooler said. “We’re hanging around, and we know we’re right there and have a chance to maybe knock somebody off.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Postscenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writer discusses Syracuse’s win over St. Bonaventure

first_img Comments Published on December 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (9-4) wrapped up its nonconference slate by defeating St. Bonaventure (4-9), 81-47. The Orange trampled the Bonnies, led by Tyus Battle who made all eight of his shots to tally 21 points. Battle also led Syracuse’s strong defensive effort, resulting in transition opportunities. SU opens Atlantic Coast Conference play at Notre Dame on Jan. 5.See what our beat writer had to say after the game.last_img read more