Back-to-back wins over two quality opponents have placed the Gorham girls basketball team among the leaders in the Western Maine Class A Heal Points race.

The Rams’ 52-47 win over South Portland on Tuesday evening leaves the Rams with an 11-2 record and five games remaining in the regular season.

The Riots had won eight straight games entering Tuesday night’s match-up with the Rams. But Gorham’s strong first half proved to be enough as they held off a late charge by the Riots. Gorham outscored South Portland 27-19 over the first two periods and they protected that lead during the third and fourth quarters.

The Rams had three players in double figures including Rachele Burns and Kelsey Wilson with 14 points each. Ashley Michaud added another 10 points.

Gorham will now travel to Sanford where they’ll face the defending Class A state champions on Saturday at 1 p.m.

A mixture of full court pressure defense and timely shooting turned into an explosive combination as the Gorham High girls basketball team rallied for a 66-54 victory at Biddeford on Saturday evening. The Rams trailed 45-36 entering the fourth period and Biddeford appeared to have plenty of momentum before Gorham’s comeback stunned a packed Steve White Gymnasium.

Every Gorham player on the floor contributed to the 30-9 run over the final eight minutes of play. Rachele Burns had some big baskets and some even bigger free throws; Ashley Michaud had an old-fashioned three-point play along with several key rebounds; Caitlyn Butterfield had five points including a 3-pointer; Kelsey Wilson added the 3-point shot that gave the Rams the lead at 48-47; and Nicole Robitaille grabbed some important rebounds and added a basket during the turnaround.

Gorham’s only losses this season have been to McAuley and Deering.

The Bonny Eagle girls were beaten by Noble on Friday night, 48-44, and then lost a Saturday afternoon matinee to Deering, 54-35. It was the third straight loss for the Scots.

On Friday, the game was tied at 44-44 late in the fourth when Noble’s Alyssa Stokes sank a pair of free throws with just 16 seconds left. The Knights added two more insurance points to pick up the win.

On Saturday afternoon against Deering, the Scots fell behind early and were never able to catch up. Deering ran off a 14-9 first quarter thanks in large part to Nicole Garland’s three baskets from beyond the arc. Deering eventually pulled out to a 10-point lead at the break, 27-17.

In the second half, the Rams kept the host Scots at bay and they outscored Bonny Eagle, 27-18, over the third and fourth quarters. Kellsey Howes led Bonny Eagle with 12 points.

With the two losses the Scots find themselves at 7-6 and were ranked eighth in the latest West A Heal Point standings. They were scheduled to travel to Biddeford to take on the Tigers Thursday evening.

The Westbrook girls outscored Portland 15-1 in the fourth quarter to rally from a three-point deficit and cruised to a 35-24 win on Tuesday evening. Kaylene Godwin and Cynthia Wescott each had 10 points for the Blazes.

Westbrook held a slim lead after the first quarter at 8-6 and they extended their lead to 18-13 by halftime with smart play during the second period.

Portland rallied in the thid quarter as they went on a 10-2 tear to take a three-point lead over the Blazes into the final quarter.

Westbrook then clamped down defensively and they held the Bulldogs to just the one point in the final eight minutes while scoring 15 themselves.

With the win Westbrook improves to 7-7 as they look to get into position for the playoffs. The Blazes will be heading to Noble Friday night.

Carl Pepin contributed to this story.

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