Thursday, 28 February 2019 22:08

Hampden girls prepped for state championship rematch with Greely

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HAMPDEN - It was three straight losses in December that counted Hampden out in many peoples eyes, but three straight wins in the tournament has the Broncos back in the state championship game.

“i just know that we’re excited to be back there, win or lose, it’s still a really big accomplishment for us because a lot of people doubted what we could do this year...," said senior Bailey Donovan.

The girls from Hampden surprised Skowhegan in the Class A north title last Friday, a team they lost two twice in the regular season by a combined 39 points.

“We knew, at the beginning of the year, we were going to be a better team in February than we were going to be in December. We just had so many new faces and so many new kids that didn’t have any playing time from last year’s team,” said head coach Nick Winchester.

Skowhegan forced Winchester to pull out a zone coverage he had been holding onto for a crucial moment like he faced against the Indians and the result was pure emotion from his girls on the floor.

“In that moment, coach and I were talking about this, i forgot there was a basketball game going on...," said junior Amelia McLaughlin.

With that win now in the rear view, Winchester has a new plan in place for Greely; a team he lost to by 15 points last year.

This years version of the rangers still features Fordham commit Anna DeWolfe, a main reason why Greely averaged about nine more points in the regular season than Hampden did.

“We’ve been working on identifying her skills and seeing what we can do to minimize her impact on their offense...," said junior Camryn Bouchard.

Hampden is going to be forced to win the possession battle if they want to bring home a gold ball, an accomplishment that would mean a lot to Donovan.

"It would mean the world to me to come home with a gold ball, would be kind of the icing on the cake for my senior year," said Donovan.

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John Wagoner joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in September 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he gained experience in multiple newsrooms across the Carolinas, as well as working with ESPN U and...