PORTLAND — On a night when points were at a premium, the Cheverus Stags found a way to score two more than the Deering Rams.
In a Western Class A girls’ basketball semifinal Friday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center, the Stags overcame a very sluggish first half, but did just enough in the second to win, 33-31, improve to 18-2 and set up a private school-only regional final showdown with two-time defending state champion McAuley (20-0), a team they have never beaten, Saturday at 7 p.m.
Deering had a 9-7 lead after one period and took an 18-14 advantage to halftime, but the Rams managed just two points in the third quarter and Cheverus went ahead for good when senior Kylie Libby, who had a huge second half, banked home a shot with 3:28 left in the frame.
The Stags took a 22-20 lead to the fourth and got a huge 3 from senior Victoria Nappi to extend the lead before closing it out with free throws from junior Georgia Ford and senior Brooke Flaherty. Deering had one final chance, but couldn’t get off a shot and the Rams finished 17-3.
Nappi led Cheverus with nine points. Flaherty and Libby had seven apiece.
Deering was paced by 10 points from senior Marissa MacMillan.