SOUTH BERWICK — Deering conquered the post, got off to a hot start and held off Marshwood for a 57-42 victory Friday in an SMAA girls’ basketball game.

Cierra Burnham and Amanda Brett were dominant for Deering. Burnham scored a game-high 16 points with 10 rebounds and four assists, and Brett added 15 points and seven rebounds.

“The kids tried. They tried to get around (Brett) but she’s a very good post player. She’s phenomenal,” said Marshwood Coach Lee Petrie. “Give them credit, they found a weakness and they exploited it.”

Sparked by Marshwood turnovers, Deering (6-2) grabbed a 13-0 advantage in the first quarter.

“I think there was a huge sense of urgency. We really wanted to come out and play well, and I think we ended up playing tight because of it,” said Petrie.

Eventually the Hawks (4-4) scored and closed the first quarter on a 6-1 run.

The Rams were unable to regain a double-digit lead until the second half.

“Mentally we got a little lazy, (thinking) it’s going to be easy. It’s never easy,” said Deering Coach Mike Murphy. “When you’re playing on the road you respect the opponent, you respect the floor, and so on and so forth, and it was a matter of time with them breaking the ice and they did, and made a game of it.”

Marshwood pulled within 25-20 early in the third quarter but Deering followed with a 10-3 run and wasn’t threatened again.

“We were just tired. We went in the locker room (at halftime and) Coach ripped us,” said Burnham.

“We just went out there and played like we did in the second half against South Portland, and we picked it up a lot. It was a team effort again.”

Deering had rallied from a 20-point deficit to defeat South Portland at home earlier this week.

Reserve Kat Locke was solid for Marshwood, leading the Hawks with 12 points.

Locke also grabbed seven rebounds with four steals and three assists.

The Rams had four players score in double figures. In addition to Burnham’s 16 and Brett’s 15, Tasia Titherington chipped in with 12 and Mary Tadsse had 10.

“Every game we keep improving and improving. Today it just felt really good to leave an away game with a win,” said Burnham.

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