The Boothbay Region High School Seahawks won the 2020 Mountain Valley Conference Championship over defending champion Winthrop in dramatic fashion at Lewiston High School. Having trailed throughout the game and down by one point, Hunter Crocker scored on a breakaway basket to make the score 48-47, giving Boothbay its first lead of the game with just 41 seconds left on the clock. Boothbay got the ball back and the Ramblers fouled Sullivan Rice, who made one of two free throws to make the score 49-47 with 2.5 seconds remaining in the contest.
Looking for some last second heroics, Winthrop called a timeout and set up a full court pass play from under the Seahawks basket. Crocker snuffed out the play and intercepted the pass, preserving the win for Boothbay and giving them the championship.
The Ramblers led by scores of 15-8 and 31-24 in the first two periods.
Leading a well-balanced Boothbay team was Kaeden Davis with 12 points. Ben Pierce and Rice each had 11, with Crocker adding 10 points. Pearce had 6 rebounds.
The Ramblers were led in scoring by Gavin Perkins with 15 points.
Winthrop had won the two meetings during the regular season by scores of 53-43 and 75-69. Winthrop, by virtue of its 17-1 regular season record, enter the 2020 MPA Playoffs as the top seed in Southern Maine Class C. Boothbay, at 14-4, is seeded #3.
The Winthrop Ramblers captured the 2020 Mountain Valley Conference girls basketball championship, defeating the defending champion Boothbay Region Seahawks, 50-32, on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Lewiston High School.
The two evenly matched teams fought to a near draw in the first half, with the Seahawks holding on the a slim 21-20 edge at intermission. It was in the second and third stanzas that the Ramblers asserted themselves, outscoring Boothbay 30-11 to win going away.
Leading Boothbay with 16 points was 6'2" junior Glory Blethen. Chloe Arsenault and Jaely Crocker each scored seven.
For Winthrop, senior center Natalie Frost led the way with 12 points and Aaliyah Wilson-Falcone added 11.
Boothbay had won the two regular season meetings, 51-49 and 55-51. Winthrop and Boothbay enter the Maine Principals Association state tournament as the #1 and #2 seeded in Southern Maine Class C.