Winthrop came out firing in Wednesday night’s Class C/D central Maine girls basketball tournament opener against Valley, scoring 20 points in the opening quarter on its way to a resounding 58-26 victory in Winthrop.

Sage Fortin scored 10 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter, when the third-seeded Ramblers jumped out to a 20-7 lead.

“I think, offensively, Sage definitely stood out,” Winthrop co-coach Kelsey Ouellette said. “She was not only strong offensively, like making her shots and driving, but also playing very smart, pulling the ball out when she’s 1-on-4, just making good decisions.”

Maddie Perkins added five of her 14 in the opening frame, with another seven of those coming in the fourth quarter.

Madison Forgue had eight, with a basket in each quarter.

“She has a really good presence on the court,” Ouellette said. “She’s just one of our leaders out on the court, being able to calm everyone down.”

Winthrop had eight different scorers, including seven in the first half, which the hosts ended with a 37-9 lead.

“In practice the past few days we’ve really worked on taking our time and finding the open looks on offense, rotating the ball multiple times, and the girls looked really good today doing that,” Ramblers co-coach Jess Merrill said. “So it’s good momentum moving forward and good confidence-booster for them.”

Ouellette praised Lydia Rice’s defensive presence, which helped hold the sixth-seeded Cavaliers to eight made field goals. Logan McDonald led Valley with 12 points and Molly Hay added nine.

Winthrop advances to the tournament semifinals, where it will face either No. 2 Carrebec or No. 7 Madison. Those two teams match up on Thursday.

“We’ve got a couple days now to prep for either team, so we’ll be ready for both,” Ouellette said.

BOYS BASKETBALL
MT. ABRAM 64, WATERVILLE 49: Kenyon Pillsbury scored 17 points to lead the Roadrunners to a central Maine tournament Class C/D preliminary round win over the Purple Panthers in Salem.

Adam Luce scored 14 points, while Wyatt Siemeski added 10 points for Mt. Abram.

Logan Tardif led Waterville with 21 points, while Ethan Hobart added seven points.

The sixth-seeded Roadrunners will next play at Forest Hills in the quarterfinals Friday.

DIRIGO 68, ST. DOMINIC 35: Logan Timberlake led three Cougars in double figures in a victory in Dixfield.

Both teams didn’t play some of their best players to allow younger players a chance to see the court.

Timberlake scored a game-high 16 points for host Dirigo, while Bode Gray added 12 and Dakota Tompkins 10.

Noah Cyr paced the Saints with 13 points, while Ashton Hammond had seven and Logan Carey six.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
OXFORD HILLS 66, MT. BLUE 41: Ella Kellogg scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the first half and the Vikings (8-0) pulled away in the middle periods to down the Cougars (3-7) at Farmington.

A 12-2 second quarter stretched Oxford Hills’ lead from six to 16, then Cassidy Dumont went off for 11 of her 17 points in the third quarter, during which the Vikings outscored the Cougars 23-11.

Eva Stevens paced Mt. Blue with 14 points, and Kiely Reynolds added 11.

BOYS HOCKEY
EDWARD LITTLE 5, POLAND/LEAVITT/GRAY-NG/OAK HILL 1: Freshman Ethan Brochu scored the first goal of his career 1:35 into the first period, and within five minutes added two more for a natural hat trick in the Red Eddies win over the Kings in Auburn.

Brochu’s second goal came at the 4:15 mark, and the third at 6:19.

Will Cassidy, who set up Brochu’s third score, made it 4-0 for Edward Little with a power play goal less than a minute into the second half. Keegan Moon also scored for the Red Eddies.

Poland/Leavitt/Oak Hill/Gray-New Gloucester finally beat EL goalie Gage Ducharme (16 saves) and avoided a shutout when Brady Corson scored about 14 minutes into the second half.

Kings goalie Vincent Lupardo stopped 31 of the 36 shots he faced.

GIRLS HOCKEY
EDWARD LITTLE/LEAVITT/POLAND 5, BRUNSWICK 2: Caroline Audette and Sophia Hartley scored two goals apiece to pace the Red Hornets (4-4) past the Dragons (1-4).

Kylee Spugnardi scored the other goal for EL/Leavitt/Poland, which got assists from Caroline Tracey, Eve Martineau and Sophia Castagna.

Elena Palmer scored both Brunswick goals.


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