The backcourt tandem of Abby Ramirez and Tasia Titherington carried Deering to a 59-42 victory against visiting Cheverus in an SMAA girls’ basketball game Wednesday night.

Ramirez finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Titherington added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“(Ramirez and Titherington) made good decisions with the ball and they shoot it well,” said Deering Coach Mike Murphy.

Ramirez was impressive on both ends of the court. She played tight defense, creating numerous turnovers, and was tough to stop at point guard.

“I love going a hundred miles per hour. That’s what I think all the time,” said Ramirez. “I think my size (5-foot-4) catches people off guard. I feel like I surprise them that I can shoot outside and then drive to the basket. I think how fast I am helps. I just love going fast.”

Titherington scored three points in the first half but added nine in the third quarter.

“It was just a matter of taking shots. I knew that we needed that game really badly,” said Titherington.

Delaney Haines also chipped in with 12 points, including three 3-pointers, for Deering (5-2).

After the teams ended the first quarter in a 13-13 tie, the Rams outscored the Stags 16-7 in the second for a 29-20 lead.

“We just need to start paying attention to detail. We’re not doing it,” said Cheverus Coach Steve Huntington. “We’re close on a lot of possessions but close isn’t going to win you games. We need to start executing.”

Cheverus (4-3) cut the deficit to 37-30 with 3:19 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Brooke Dawson.

“I said to them, ‘this game is going to come down to playing defense and making (Cheverus) play defense,’ ” said Murphy.

After Dawson’s basket, Cheverus immediately called a timeout. But Deering came out with a 15-2 run that put the game out of reach.

“We have to look for better shots,” said Huntington. “We need to work the ball better, not take the first shot off the first or second pass.”

“(During the timeout) we talked about moving the ball quickly and making (Cheverus) play defense,” said Titherington.

Deering outscored Cheverus 20-12 in the third quarter for a 49-32 advantage.

“I just thought we were a little more patient with the ball in that third quarter,” said Murphy.

Deering finished 13 of 21 from the foul line. Cheverus was 5 of 9.

Amanda Brett was solid in the post for Deering, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds.

“(Brett) is a tough kid, strong, and this is her third year playing varsity ball,” said Murphy. “She settled in and really was big for us.”

Guard Abby Cavallaro led Cheverus with 11 points to go with five rebounds.