Wednesday February 22, 2012 | 10:27 PM

The matchup everyone wanted in Western Class A girls' basketball has been set up.

Unbeaten, top-ranked and defending Class A state champ McAuley will play second-ranked and once-beaten Scarborough at 7 p.m. Saturday for the regional crown.

McAuley beat the Red Storm by 12 points a little over a month ago, and this rematch should be intriguing.

Scarborough has survived two close games in the tournament, overcoming 10-point second-half deficits each time to rally past Cheverus and Marshwood.

Freshman Ashley Briggs, who didn't have a point in the tournament until she hit a basket 1:26 into the second half of Wednesday's semifinal, scored a three-point play with 28 seconds left to lift the Red Storm past Marshwood.

McAuley got 34 points from its 1-2 inside punch of Alexa Coulombe and Olivia Smith to beat Windham in the other semifinal.

"They're a great team,'' McAuley Coach Bill Goodman said of Scarborough. "They don't give up. They've got a lot of mentally tough kids. I think we're going to have to play our best game to beat them.''

WINDHAM GUARD Meghan Gribbin was held to just eight points against McAuley, with the Lions shuttling players at her in the first half. Sadie DiPierro did the bulk of the work, and she knew she was going to have her hands full.

"She is one of the best,'' said DiPierro. She's tough because she can drive, she can shoot, she can do everything, so it was really important that we kept her out of her game.''

After watching Coulombe struggle in the Lions' quarterfinal win with just three points, Gribbin knew the Eagles could be in trouble.

"I think we knew she was going to be coming after us tonight,'' said Gribbin. "And then she just took over.''

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