June 25, 2019
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Freeman too much for the Rams as Scarborough ends Gorham’s three-year regional title run

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Scarborough High School's Julia Freeman brings the ball down the court with Gorham High School defenders Courtney Brent (center) and Olivia Michaud in pursuit at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Tuesday during the girls Class AA South basketball semifinals.

In a duel of stars, Scarborough High School’s Julia Freeman outshot Gorham High School’s Mackenzie Holmes to end the Rams’ three-year run of state title game appearances and send the Red Storm on to the Class AA South regional final.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Scarborough High School's Madison Blanche handles the ball below the basket while guarded by Gorham High School's Mackenzie Holmes at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Tuesday during the girls Class AA South basketball semifinals.

In a game where the two teams traded leads of five points or less for most of the first three quarters, Scarborough was able to give itself some breathing room in the fourth and claim a 39-32 victory.

The junior forward Freeman scored 17 of Scarborough’s 20 first half points, including three three-pointers, to overcome a first quarter deficit and give the second-seeded Red Storm a narrow 20-19 halftime advantage. Freeman finished with 21, while senior captain Jocelyn Couture added 10 in the winning effort.

Mackenzie Holmes, a senior captain, scored 19 to lead Gorham, dominating in the paint while also showing range with a pair of three-pointers.

Scarborough’s win represented payback of sorts, after the Rams eliminated the Red Storm last year with a punishing 47-28 victory in the regional final game.

Gorham has won two of the last three Class AA state titles, winning in 2016 and 2017 before narrowly losing in the championship game last year to Edward Little High School of Auburn.

With the victory, Scarborough improves to 18-2 on the season and will play in the regional final Friday at 3:45 p.m. Gorham finishes its season with a 13-7 mark.

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Gorham High School guard Adele Nadeau bring the ball up the floor against Scarborough High School's Isabella Dickinson at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on Tuesday during the girls Class AA South basketball semifinals.

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