March 29, 2020
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Hampden girls defeat Lawrence to return to A North finals

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
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.

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.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Samantha Bellerose of Hampden Academy looks to score on a layup. Hampden Academy defeated Lawrence to advance to the A North finals.

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.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Hampden's #10 Isabella McLaughlin on a fast break against Lawrence's #24 Deleyni Carr

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.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Lawrence's Head Coach Greg Chesley. Chesley's squad will end their season with a 12-8 record.
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Hampden Head Coach Nick Winchester talking to his team. Hampden Academy scored 45 points to secure their return to the regional finals.
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Lawrence's Hope Bouchard drives to the basket. She is defended by Hampden's Amelia McLaughlin.
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Lawrence Megan Curtis (2) is defended by Isabelle Soucy (5) and Megan Deans (22) of Hampden Academy.
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Hampden Academy's Alydia Brillant (15) looks to keep Delenyi Carr (24) of Lawrence to the perimeter.

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