Colleen Caveney scored 19 points for Andover, which grabbed a 17-point lead at halftime and defeated gritty Salem 60-48 in the first round of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic last Monday, Dec. 23.
“She’s very long,” junior Rachael Cormier said. “Her arms remind me of octopuses. So she’s always anticipating, always grabbing the ball. She is also a great shooter. She’s really a huge part of our team.”
The victory sent Andover to the Christmas Tourney Hyde Division final.
Cormier and freshman Alyssa Casey each added 10 points while Jessica Witten chipped in with eight points.
Cormier did a fine job of bringing up the basketball against Salem’s pressure defense.
“I knew they were going to press her,” Andover coach E.J. Perry said. “The (Brenna) Blakslee girl is a very good player and I thought (Salem coach Michaela Galvin) did a good job scouting us. And Rachael didn’t turn the ball over in the back court at all.”
Giribaldi leads huge second half
After struggling through a rough first half, junior guard David Giribaldi exploded for 12 of his game-high 19 points after halftime as Andover bested Lawrence 57-47 in the first round of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic last Saturday, Dec. 21.
“I was in a bad slump,” Giribaldi said. “I just kept shooting and got lucky. Something just happened.”
The victory sent the Golden Warriors to the Christmas Classic championship game against archrival Central Catholic that was set for this past Saturday.
“There were guys saying ‘bad shot,’ and I’m going, ‘No, good shot,’” Andover coach David Fazio said. “We’ve got guys who can shoot. Our goal is get the ball, shoot the ball. We were missing shots that I thought ‘No way are we going to miss those shots in the second half.’”