Hampshire really never had a chance.
Maine West, which made 8 of its first 9 shots for 88 percent, jumped out to a 17-6 lead and never looked back in posting a 48-26 victory over the Whip-Purs in semifinal action of the 34th Annual Dundee-Crown Charger Classic girls basketball tournament in Carpentersville Wednesday night.
On Thursday, Hampshire (8-5) will play Stevenson for third place at 6:30 p.m. while five-time tournament champion Maine West tangles with Naperville Central for the championship at 8 p.m.
"That is certainly a team we could see downstate in March," said Hampshire assistant coach Eric Samuelson of Maine West. "They are a very talented team that does everything very very well. They have good height, they are very quick and very athletic."
The Warriors used an inside and outside game to seize control of the game early. Guard Allison Pearson scored 6 points including a 3-pointer and Angela Dugalic and Alisa Fallon each scored 4 points inside the paint as the Warriors enjoyed an 11-point lead with 2:47 left in the first quarter.
Leading 20-10 after 8 minutes of play, Maine West scored the first 9 points of the second quarter to take a 29-10 lead with 4:58 left before intermission.
Rachel Kent scored 3 points and Fallon, Dugalic and Jessica Riedl each scored baskets during the Warriors' 9-point surge.
Hampshire's first basket of the quarter came on a 15-footer from Maggie Goad with 3:18 remaining in the first half to make the score 29-12.
The closest the Whip-Purs got in the game was 31-19 after a layup from Rachel Dumoulin with 4:18 left in the third quarter.
Maine West's biggest advantage of the evening was 45-21 on a basket by Kent with 1:55 left in the contest.
"Hampshire girls basketball is never quitting and these girls always play hard for the entire game, "said Samuelson. "We ran into a very good team tonight. We live to fight another day and we will get ready to play an excellent Stevenson team for third place tomorrow night."
Maine West, which connected on 23-of-37 for 62 percent, only committed 7 turnovers.
The Warriors placed 2 players in double digits with Pearson (6 assists) scoring 13 and Dugalic (11 rebounds) tallying 12.
Dumoulin, who was 5-of-6 from the free throw line, was the lone Whip-Pur in double figures with 12. Goad, with a trey, added 8 for Hampshire.