Hampden's Amelia McLaughlin makes a drive against Lawrence's Hope Bouchard in the Class A North semifinals at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday. Credit: Josh O'Donnell | BDN

The girls of Hampden Academy are returning to the Class A North regional finals after defeating No. 4 Lawrence 45-33 in the semifinals at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday.

The Broncos (19-1) will face No. 2 Gardiner (17-3) at 6 p.m. Friday in Augusta for the regional crown.

Coach Nick Winchester’s team exhibited outstanding scoring balance led by nine points from Sydney Hodgdon, who scored seven of those points in the second quarter. Amelia McLaughlin and Megan Deans connected for eight points each and Cam Neal added six, all on fourth-quarter free throws, for the Broncos.

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Hampden led only 29-26 after three quarters, but limited Lawrence to seven points in the final period. The Bulldogs made only eight of 18 free throws.

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McLaughlin tallied five of her points in the fourth quarter for HA, which went 11-for-18 from the foul line.

Lawrence, which ends its season with a 12-8 record, received a game-high 14 points from Savannah Weston and Megan Curtis chipped in with five.

Hampden Academy won the regional title in 2019 but fell to Greely 54-42 in the state championship game.

Credit: Josh O'Donnell
Credit: Josh O'Donnell
Credit: Josh O'Donnell
Credit: Josh O'Donnell
Credit: Josh O'Donnell