WINTHROP — It didn’t take long for the St. Dom’s backcourt to assert itself Saturday night. From the opening tip, the Saints penetrated for easy baskets underneath in defeating the Winthrop Ramblers 53-32 in a girls’ basketball game.
The guard trio of Faith Grady, Kelly Pomerleau and Callie Greco combined for 49 of the Saints’ 53 points.
As far as Winthrop (0-7) was concerned, the trio was a three-headed monster.
“It’s always important for the three guards to come out fast,” said St. Dom’s coach Jon Berry. “They’re my playmakers and scorers.”
The scoring started quickly at the opening tip when Pomerleau (22 points) found a wide open Grady for the first of her 14 points underneath. Moments later, Greco (13 points) stole the ball and converted the turnover into another easy basket. When Grady converted a steal of her own for a lay in later in the quarter, the visitors led 10-0.
The dominant guard play continued into the second quarter. Pomerleau converted an inbounds pass underneath to put the Saints (4-2) up 18-4. Then it was Greco hawking another errant ball from the Ramblers’ backcourt and she took it the length of the court. She followed that bucket up with another off a teammate’s steal to give the Saints their largest lead of the game at 23-4.
“We knew their best player was hurt,” said Pomerleau of the Ramblers’ Jess Scott. “When you don’t have the second (guard) in the backcourt, it’s hard. We just targeted their best player.”
Winthrop struggled in the first half to hang on to the ball and its offense lacked fire.
“Their quickness in the first half really cost us,” said Winthrop head coach Lonney Steeves.
After mustering just eight points in the first half, the offense began to click. Post player Shaun Carlson scored all nine of her points in the second half, while guard Cat Ouellette added five of her nine points after the intermission.
“We got more confidence in the second half,” said Steeves. “That may have been the best half we’ve played this year. The other night (a 59-10 loss at Carrabec), we let a team beat us and beat us.”
Unfortunately for the Ramblers, their second have offensive outburst came well after the game had been decided.
The Saints matched the Ramblers intensity in the third quarter and traded buckets with them. Grady turned in back-to-back lay ups midway through the third. Greco followed by beating Gabby Stewart off the dribble outside before she successfully drove the baseline to give the Saints a 37-10 advantage.
Not to be outdone, Pomerleau ended the quarter with a lay in of her own and a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
“She’s done a great job of not forcing the ball,” said Berry of Pomerleau who transferred this year from Leavitt.