Created:Tuesday, February 12, 2013 9:59 p.m.CDT

Hampshire girls win regional opener

BURLINGTON – The Hampshire girls basketball team found itself trailing by 10 points after the first quarter, but never panicked in Tuesday's Class 3A Burlington Central Regional quarterfinal against Sycamore.

The Whip-Purs' defense buckled down after the Spartans hit six of their first eight shots and Hampshire rallied for a 51-43 win.

No. 5-seed Hampshire advances to play No. 1 Burlington Central in the regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

"I was impressed with our rebounding and how we battled back," Hampshire coach Ed Haugens said. "If this was earlier in the season I don't know if we would've come back. It's a huge positive."

Still trailing by seven points at halftime, the Whip-Purs' comeback started on the defensive end. Hampshire held the Spartans to only one field goal in the third quarter and took its first lead of the game on a driving layup by Jennifer Dumoulin midway through the third quarter. That was part of a five-minute stretch that saw Hampshire score 16 consecutive points and turn a five-point deficit into an 11-point lead.

"I was impressed with our intensity after we got down by [10 points]," Haugens said. "I thought the girls did a great job, they shared the ball well."

Emma Benoit led the Whip-Purs with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting.