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Andover earns third straight state title

WORCESTER — After sharing a warm embrace with her teammates, and a hug with her father, Andover’s Ally Fazio looked around and yelled the words on every Golden Warrior’s minds. “Pinch me because I must be dreaming,” he said. For the third straight season, it was a reality for Andover, as the Golden Warriors turned a two-point halftime deficit into an 11-point lead after three quarters on the way to clinching their third consecutive Division 1 state title with a 61-45 victory over Holyoke last night. “We made history,” said forward Rebecca Alois. “We made history and I am so proud of everyone.” With the win, the Golden Warriors became just the second team in the 36-year history of the Division 1 tournament to three-peat as state champs, matching Haverhill’s record (1994-96). “I walked off the court and I couldn’t hold back the tears,” said forward Jackie Alois. “I looked at everyone and just hugged them as hard as I could. It cannot get any better than this.” It literally could not have finished any better for the Golden Warriors. The victory iced Andover’s undefeated 27-0 season, the first in program history. They lost just once on the way to the title last season. “This was an absolutely perfect season,” said star forward Nicole Boudreau. “Undefeated state champs, nothing is better. This really was a flawless season.” The Golden Warriors arrived at the DCU Center hours before the game, watching the early contests while focusing on their goal. “We were ready to play,” said guard Devon Caveney. “We wanted this three-peat so badly. We were not going to accept anything less.” But the game didn’t start in perfect fashion for Andover, which struggled from the floor in the first half, leading just 15-14 after a quarter and falling behind 27-25 at halftime. Jackie Alois said, “At halftime we looked at each other and said, ‘This is ours.’ It gave me shivers. We came out with so much fire.” And Boudreau, like any great shooter, was far from discouraged by a few struggles. “We started a little slow,” said Boudreau, who scored a game-high 31 points. “We didn’t hit some shots we normally do in the first half. But we kept telling ourselves, ‘Keep shooting, they’ll drop.’ And eventually they did.” After going scoreless through the first 3:24 of the third, the Golden Warriors surged to a 16-3 run to finish off the quarter, capped by Fazio grabbing a steal and knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the key. “At the end of the third when Ally hit the 3-pointer we all went crazy,” said Rebecca Alois. “Then, when Nicole hit the four-point play early in the fourth I really knew it was going to happen.” Boudreau opened the fourth with a pair of buckets, then all but clinched the victory, sinking an NBA-range 3-pointer while being knocked to the ground. She added the free throw that dashed any hopes that still lingered for Holyoke. “I just tried to take everything in,” said Caveney, who scored nine of her 13 points in the second half. “It was just unforgettable. What an amazing ride.” As the final moments ticked away, Boudreau and Fazio were each subbed out of the game, the two four-year starters receiving a loud ovation from the crowd and hugs from friends and coach Jim Tildsley. “I have no words to describe the feeling,” said Fazio, who scored nine points. “Late in the fourth it just clicked it was going to happen It was an amazing moment.” Following the victory, the Golden Warriors once again stormed the court, players toppling over one another in excitement. “It’s hard to know I’m not going to be with this team next year,” said Boudreau. “I don’t know if it’s all sunk in just yet. It will soon. But this is the best way it could end.” Even though it was a third title in three years, the feeling wasn’t any less emotional for the Golden Warriors. “To win once is great,” said Fazio. “To win twice is awesome. But to win three times is unbelievable. I will never forget this. I will never forget this my entire life.”

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Girls Basketball, 03/18/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Boudreau rallies Andover in 4th quarter

Braintree led much of the way including 34-33 after three quarters but the fourth quarter has always been Nicole Boudreau's quarter. She took over late and Andover rolled to a 54-39 win in the state semifinals at the Garden.

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Girls Basketball, 03/13/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover wins third straight sectional title

Top-seeded Andover jumped out to a big early lead and held on as the Golden Warriors knocked off third-seeded Masconomet 61-53 to win their third consecutive Division1 North championship yesterday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

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Girls Basketball, 03/10/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover whips Central

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. Andover defeated Central Catholic 56-36 in girls' semifinal tournament basketball action Tuesday night. Central's Casey Mclaughlin (33) struggles to make her layup as Andover's Jackie Alois (right) and her sister, Rebecca double team on defense. 3/6/2012. 18 Photos

Andover's girls got 17 points from Nicole Beaudreau and 16 from Devon Caveney and rode some serious defensive pressure to roll over archrival Central Catholic 56-36 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.

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Girls Basketball, 03/06/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Unsung hero Alois key in tourney opener

ANDOVER — Maybe it was a premonition, maybe it was just excitement, but school was torture for Andover’s Jackie Alois yesterday.

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Girls Basketball, 03/02/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Boudreau, Caveney lead Andover to title

Nicole Boudreau poured in 21 and added 11 steals. Teammate Devon Caveney netted 18 points and Andover rolled 63-50 over Acton-Boxborough to win the Westford Academy Tournament. 

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Girls Basketball, 02/21/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Boudreau nets 39

Nicole Boudreau poured in 39 points, including five 3-pointers, grabbed 15 rebounds, made seven steals, had seven assists and blocked three shots in 30 minutes. Her monster performance helped Andover girls basketball win 76-67 over Westford Academy. 

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Girls Basketball, 02/19/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Strong start for Warriors

Andover held host Billerica to just two first-quarter points, securing a 15-point advantage and extending it to a 64-42 victory. Nicole Boudreau was immense with 31 points including six 3-pointers, 14 rebounds, 10 steals and 6 assists. Jackie Alois had 12 rebounds and 5 steals in the win.

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Girls Basketball, 02/14/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Boudreau, Andover march on

Nicole Boudreau scored 32 points, collected 12 rebounds and had eight steals to lead Andover past Notre Dame of Tyngsboro, 75-38. Ally Fazio had 12 points and eight assists for the 18-0 Golden Warriors.

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Girls Basketball, 02/11/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sweet 16

Olivia Biles scored 16 points, including netting three 3-pointers, and Devon Caveney also had 16 points in Andover girls basketball's 72-35 victory over Methuen.

 

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Girls Basketball, 02/02/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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