Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 6, 2014

Part of Cormier's love for basketball died with her dad

Cormier presses on with help from teammates

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“The main source of our relationship was through basketball just because he loved watching me play,” she said. “I think he missed just five games my whole entire basketball career since the third grade.”

Warren Cormier not only taught his daughter basketball, but coached her on the most important part of life — family.

He always stressed the importance of her being close with her older siblings, Warren III, Danielle and Trevor.

“He didn’t have a lot of money growing up,” Rachael said. “His parents didn’t have a lot of money growing up. He didn’t care. ... My dad didn’t care about how much money we had. He cared about our experiences together.

“Family is definitely the most important thing to me. I know no matter what, I’m going to have my family with me.”

Rachael said every day still remains a struggle for her close-knit and large family. Warren Cormier was one of six siblings and his wife, Sharon, is one of six siblings as well.

“Some days are worse than others,” Rachael admitted.

She keeps telling herself that everything happens for a reason — whether she likes it or not.

“It happened because something else has to happen, too,” she said.

One thing that is certainly happening this season: Rachael is giving it all on the court for her dad.

“A hundred percent every game is for my dad,” she said.

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