The Hampden Academy girls basketball team stunned a previously unbeaten Skowhegan team 32-28 last Friday night to defend its Class A North title at the Augusta Civic Center.
Now the 17-4 Broncos will try to upend a team with a 37-game winning streak at 6 p.m. Friday when they face Greely High of Cumberland Center in the state championship game at the Augusta Civic Center.
It is a rematch of last year’s state final won by Greely 53-38.
The game pits a quality defensive team in HA against a high-powered offensive juggernaut in Greely.
The Broncos have given up only 38.7 points per game, including just 30 per game in its three Class A North tourney wins, while the Rangers have averaged 68 points per contest.
Hampden Academy has one of the state’s best post players in senior Bailey Donovan and Greely’s Anna DeWolfe is among the top guards in the state.
DeWolfe, who will play at Fordham University, is a two-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl first-team selection. She is coming off a South tournament in which she averaged 25.3 points, capped by a 32-point effort in the 54-33 victory over Brunswick in the championship game.
She had 10 assists and seven steals to go with 21 points in the 67-52 victory over Kennebunk in the semifinal after scoring 23 in the 66-28 quarterfinal win over Fryeburg Academy.
Junior Brooke Obar and sophomore Camille Clement, both 5-8 guards, also have been important contributors for Todd Flaherty’s Rangers.
Donovan averaged 16.3 points and 15 rebounds during the Class A North tourney and also blocked six shots. She had 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks against Skowhegan, 13 points and 17 rebounds in the 50-36 win over Lawrence of Fairfield and 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots in the 44-26 victory over Erskine Academy of South China.
Other key contributors for the Broncos include junior guards Amelia McLaughlin (14 points against Lawrence) and Alydia Brillant (9 points against Lawrence) and senior guard Camryn Bouchard, who netted eight points in that game.
HA coach Nick Winchester said tenacious team defense has always been a top priority and his Broncos are going to have to make Greely earn its points by limiting their number of easy transition baskets and free throws.