Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 19, 2013

Witten embracing new role as Andover's go-to scorer

Witten embracing new role as Andover's go-to scorer

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“That was really an unbelievable experience,” said Witten, who appeared in 20 games that season and scored 29 points. “Being able to win at the (TD) Garden, then win the title was just amazing. Watching Nicole and Ally and Devon play, I learned so much. I looked up to them.

“Nicole is such an amazing shooter. I love going to see her play at Boston College now. She taught me to just keep shooting. Even if I miss 10 3’s in a row, the next is going in.”

Witten saw increased court time last season, playing in 24 games and averaging 4.0 points, including 12 3-pointers.

“That built up a lot of confidence,” she said. “The team encouraged me to shoot when I was in there, and that prepared me. Then, in the summer (Hoops for Hope) and fall league, I was able to hit some 3’s and I really started to feel confident.”

That confidence was shared by her teammates and coach.

“She came into this season knowing it was her team” said Perry, who won two state titles as boys coach in Salem, N.H. “She is a shooter and I love shooters. She can just shoot the rock. She hits her shots, especially in the clutch.

“But she is also a terrific leader. She is a senior that has seen it all. She has experienced a championship and she, along with Rebecca, have the ability to be amazing leaders.”

Witten showed her abilities as both a leader and player on Friday, scoring a career-high 18 points — her previous best was 11 last season — and knocking down a whopping six 3-pointers, matching Boudreau’s single-game high during her senior season.

“It was just crazy,” said Witten, who was recently accepted to High Point University in North Carolina. “When I am in the zone, I know I have to hit as many shots as I can as quick as I can. I push myself to keep shooting. It is a great feeling. I know I have to play like that and step up this season, not just in the big games but in every game.”

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