WINTHROP – The ball didn’t even need tossing at center court Thursday night for anyone to fingerpoint Winthrop’s advantage.

With a more formidable post game, the Ramblers presented Boothbay with a pretty tall order in their MVC girls’ basketball matchup. Though the Seahawks managed the first basket, Winthrop ran off 12 straight to build a quick lead that never diminished in a 63-46 win.

Winthrop’s Emilie Knight had eight points during that early run and scored 13 in the first quarter. The senior 6-footer finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds.

“She’s just plain motivated,” said Winthrop coach Sam Farrell. “She wants to be a leader. She holds herself to higher standards than even I can hold her to.”

Winthrop (9-3) was ranked ninth in the latest Western C Heal Points. Coming off a loss to Hall-Dale last week, the Ramblers have won two straight and face a final stretch that includes battles with Mt. Abram, Dirigo, Jay, Mountain Valley and Hall-Dale.

“We don’t look ahead,” said Farrell. “We play to win the next game. Mt. Abram is the next game, and that’s what we’re playing for.”

Amanda Garwood and Brittany Gaudet each chipped in seven points for the Ramblers. Joyce Chagan led Boothbay with 16.

The Seahawks had two players listed at 5-10 but struggled to keep Knight under wraps.

“When they got the ball into her, we’re not a tall team,” said Boothbay coach Dennis Rice. “We don’t have anybody that can match up with her. We tried to do some things, but that didn’t work. She just turned and put the ball in.”

Winthrop’s early surge had the Ramblers up 16-5 late in the opening quarter. Boothbay hit just one of its first six shots, but got within 16-10 on a three-point play by Chagan and a basket by Ali Hartley. A Knight free throw made it 17-10 after the first quarter.

“We tried to control it with running and getting the ball down and scoring, but we can’t make layups, either,” said Rice. “It’s the same old thing. That’s the reason that we’re 4-7 – foul shooting, layups and turnovers.”

Winthrop opened the second quarter with a jumper from Krisi Laflamme and a free throw from Garwood. Boothbay got a hoop from Miranda Sherman, but the Seahawks wouldn’t get any closer. Another Laflamme jumper was followed by baskets from Knight and Garwood. Winthrop also finished the first half with eight straight points. Hoops from Knight and Lindsey Gordon and free throws from Garwood and Katie Pushard built a 36-17 lead.


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