The Andover Townsman
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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.’”
Giribaldi’s second-half surge was the final spark in Andover’s rally from an early-game 11-2 deficit. He wasn’t the only Warrior to finally find the range as the Warriors made 12 of 23 attempts after intermission.
E.J. Perry IV chipped in with 14 points and five steals while Connor Merinder tallied 10 points for the winners.
Carver leads the way
Courtney Carver tallied victories in the beam (9.35) and floor exercise (9.3) and placed third in the all-around to help Andover down Central Catholic 142.55-137.85 last Saturday, Dec. 21. Jessie Livingston was second in the vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around for the Warriors.
Quercia pots two
Matt Quercia scored two goals to send Andover to a 6-2 win over Billerica last Monday, Dec. 23. Jack Wilkie, Andrew Sousa, Mark Campbell and Zack Walker scored a goal each and Pat Schena made 20 saves in the victory.
Despite a goal each for Sean Enright and Andrew Sousa, Andover lost to Acton-Boxboro 5-2 last Saturday, Dec. 21.
Warriors start fast
Jojo Olson and Haley Driscoll each scored a goal as Andover jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first and rolled to a 4-2 win over Chelmsford on Saturday, Dec. 21. Caroline Hughes and Veronica Alois each scored goals as well and Mikayla Panneton had two assists for the winners.
Despite 16 saves for Meagan Johnson, Andover lost to Austin Prep 2-0 last Monday, Dec. 23.