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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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Alois, her longtime teammate and friend, knows she will succeed. “I have been playing basketball with Jessica since the fifth grade when we won our in-town championship together,” Alois said. “She is a knockdown shooter, but is also a tough rebounder and always has my back on defense. I have total confidence in her.”

Change at the top

Witten’s new role as No. 1 scorer isn’t the only change for the Andover girls basketball team. The Golden Warriors are also breaking in a new coach in E.J. Perry.

Perry, the school’s football and boys volleyball coach, who takes over this winter after the retirement of longtime coach Jim Tildsley, who led Andover to four titles and 387 wins in 18 seasons.

“Coach Perry has been amazing so far,” Witten said. “He really knows the game and knows what he is talking about. He is also very inspirational. We love coach Tildsley, but it is working out great so far with coach Perry.”

Girls basketball

2012-13 season: 18-7, lost in Division 1 North semifinals

Returning starters: Rebecca Alois, 5-8, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Jessica Witten, 5-7, Sr., forward; Erin Nastari, 5-7, Sr., forward; Rachael Cormier, 5-5, Jr., guard; Colleen Caveney, 5-7, Jr., guard

Newcomers: Emily Connors, 5-7, Jr., forward; Aundrea Grieco, 5-7, Jr., forward; Paige Hartnett, 5-5, Jr., guard; Fatouma Kone, 5-10, Jr., center; Julia Perry, 5-4, Jr., guard; Carissa Reming, 5-5, Jr., point guard; Tori Roche, 5-4, Soph., guard; Meghan Stickney, 5-8, Soph., forward; Alyssa Casey, 5-10, Frosh., forward; Jillian Webber, 5-9, Frosh., forward

Captains: Rebecca Alois, Jessica Witten, Erin Nastari

Candidates: 60

Returning honorees: Rebecca Alois, MVC All-Star

Assistants: Christine Kuchar, Leo Lafond (JV), Kerri O’Dea (freshmen)

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