Devon Caveney had 12 of her 23 points in the crucial third quarter, as Andover held off upset-minded Somerville 59-50 in the first round of the Division 1 North tourney on Monday.
The win earned the Warriors a chance to play this weekend against the winner of today’s (Thursday) matchup between top seed Lynn English (20-2) and No. 16 Medford (11-10)
“You can’t question our heart and how hard we play,” said Golden Warriors coach Jim Tildsley. “They don’t let mistakes bother them like a lot of kids do. That’s why we’re successful ... they forget it and try that much harder.”
Senior Abby Katz drew the night’s tough assignment, blanketing prolific 6-1 junior center Melissa Baptista, and did an admirable job. The 5-7 Katz physically fronted her to deny passes to the low block.
“It was pretty challenging,” said Katz, who finished with 8 rebounds. “We’ve worked on it in practice, covering someone that’s bigger. Jackie and Rebecca (Alois) and everyone on the team really helped out from behind.”
Jackie Alois (nine points) added dogged defense and a clutch 3-ball in the third while junior Jessica Witten and senior Olivia Biles each contributed eight points off the bench.
Devon Caveney scored 23 points as Andover bested Acton-Boxboro 57-46 last Tuesday. Olivia Biles hit three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points and Jackie Alois continued to shine with 12 points for the winners.
Kobelski takes fourth
Cassie Kobelski finished fourth in the shot put with a 36-7 ¾ to lead Andover at the Mass. All-States on Saturday. Courtney Comeau added a ninth in the hurdles (8.86), with Jillian Gamanche in 18th (9.09). Hannah Chapman finished 18th in the long jump.
Courtney Carver scored a fourth in the floor (9.3) and finished 10th in the all-around with a 35.875 as Andover placed fourth as a team at the North Sectionals on Saturday. Jessie Livingston was eighth in the all-around with a 36.35.