Monday February 18, 2013 | 05:13 PM

The Cheverus girls’ basketball team is making its first-ever trip to the Western Class A semifinals. The previous three years, the Stags lost winnable games in the quarterfinals at the Portland Expo, to Marshwood, Sanford and Scarborough.

Sanford Coach Kristy Parent said she made sure her team knew about the Stags’ disappointing history at the Expo.

“Absolutely. They haven’t won a quarterfinal game. That’s what I told them yesterday and reminded them pregame that we had the advantage in that,” Parent said. “And we played here earlier this year and scored 62 points in this gym. We were just trying to build them up the best we could.”

The Cheverus seniors got nine big points from junior Georgia Ford, all in the second half, and won 31-26. Ford said the tough losses in previous years have made the team tougher.

“It’s extremely important to get past the quarterfinals,” Ford said. “It just shows what kind of a team we’ve become over the past four years. We all grew together and we all just depend on each other all the time now, and we all know how good of a team we’ve become. It’s not just one person any more. It’s the entire team.”

MAYBE CHEVERUS senior guard Mikayla Mayberry should shoot more. On a day when Cheverus and Sanford combined to shoot under 25 percent, Mayberry made the only shot she took – a huge 3-pointer ending the first half. She also made two clutch free throws with one minute left.

Cheverus Coach Richie Ashley called Mayberry the “smartest player I’ve ever coached.”

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