Sophie Glidden of Scarborough sent a clear message Thursday night: She’s emerged as one of the most complete girls’ basketball players in Class AA South.

Glidden, a junior guard/forward, scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, as the undefeated Red Storm thundered to a 45-32 victory against Maine Girls’ Academy.

“She can pretty much do anything,” said Scarborough Coach Mike Giordano. “The piece she’s added to her game this year is the perimeter game. She was always a slasher and now you have to defend her on the 3-point line, and if you don’t she’s going to stick them in your face. And if you run at her she’s going to go right by.”

Maine Girls’ Academy Coach Bill Goodman agreed.

“She’s developing into one of the top players in the league,” Goodman said. “She’s grown up so much. She can do it all. She can take it to the hoop, she can shoot 3’s, she can pass. That’s tough to cover. We did our best but she’s hard to stop.”

The game was tight until late in the third quarter, when Josie Couture and Glidden hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions as the Red Storm (4-0) pulled away from a 23-23 tie with the Lions (1-4).

Those 3-pointers kicked off a game-ending 22-9 run by the Red Storm.

“I thought from that point we relaxed,” said Giordano. “And then once we relaxed, we started making better passes and better decisions with the ball. Then (guard) Lindsey Kelley got to the rim a few times in a row and it really opened things up for us.”

Kelley made sure Scarborough ran away with it in the fourth quarter, pouring in 10 of her 12 points.

“That was exactly what we needed,” said Glidden. “Our offense – the people who normally do a lot of the scoring – was being stopped. She came in and scored, and just kept getting to the hoop.”

And that, said Giordano, was pivotal.

“That’s what makes good teams very good teams, when kids can step in the moment when you need them to,” he said. “She did a great job tonight in that role.”

Jill Joyce led Maine Girls’ Academy with nine points and Catherine Reid chipped in eight.The Lions finished with just 11 field goals.

“Definitely happy with our defensive effort tonight,” said Giordano. “I thought we could have done a little bit better job taking care of the ball and getting more quality shots on offense, but the defense kind of carried us.”

The Lions, meanwhile, are struggling with turnovers.

“They’re aggressive and well-coached, and executed well,” said Goodman. “We work on it every day but we’ve got to get better hanging onto the ball. Glidden scored a lot of points but everyone else on their team contributed in a variety of ways and they did a really good job against us.”

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