Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 7, 2013

Girls hoops gets hot, advances in tourney

The Andover Townsman

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Struggling to find its offense through three quarters, Andover hit its stride in the fourth by hitting 7 of 12 3-pointers in the final eight minutes as the Golden Warriors downed No. 1 seed Lynn Classic on Saturday in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.

“You can’t get your heads down or push the panic button when you miss a few shots,” said senior Olivia Biles. “We’ve got a long, great history here, and you just have to keep on pushing until you break through.”

Biles and senior co-captain Jackie Alois each led the Golden Warriors, hitting a trio of 3-poiners. Devon Caveney added two 3’s, on her way to a team-high 14 points. The Warriors were scheduled to play Central Catholic on Wednesday.

“We’ve had quarters like that ... not this year ... but in the past,” said Andover coach Jim Tildsley, whose 8th seeded Warriors will face No. 5 Central Catholic in the North semis Wednesday. “It has to wear on you, going four or five minute stretches without scoring, and we went through it.”

Girls gymnastics

Livingston takes title

Jessie Livingston won the state title in the beam with a 9.55 at the state meet last Wednesday. The Golden Warriors finished seventh as a team.

Livingston also took ninth in the vault and was sixth in the overall (36.825).

Teammate Courtney Carver added a fourth on the beam, an eighth in the floor exercise and was third in the all-around (37.1).

Girls skiing

Christopher shines

Kerry Christopher finished 19th in the giant slalom (46.42) and 18th in the slalom (39.85) to lead Andover at the state meet last Tuesday. Julia Ganley added a 12th in the giant slalom and 21st in the slalom and Sara Faigel was 53rd in the giant slalom and 48th in the slalom for the Warriors.

Boys basketball

Dunn hot from deep

Chris Dunn continued to shine with 19 points, and Sam Dowden and David Giribaldi each tossed in 17 points as Andover boys topped Medford 68-60 in the Division 1 North first round last Tuesday. Giribaldi scoring 11 of his 17 points in the second half, while Andover scored 21 of the fourth quarter’s first 26 points.

Boys hockey

Weeks goal for naught

Despite a goal for Tyler Weeks, Andover fell to Wakefield 5-2 in the Division 1 North first round last Wednesday. Scott Campbell scored the other Golden Warrior goal and Colby Gilbert made 20 saves.

“I really thought, once we scored that short-handed tally, that we really had a chance in this game,” said Golden Warriors coach Mike Ciarletta. “But we missed a few chances and they cashed in.”

GIrls hockey

Warriors bow out

Andover lost to Woburn 4-2 in the Division 1 first round on Saturday

Veronica Alois and Mikayla Panneton each scored second-period goals as Andover topped Winthrop in the Division 1 preliminary round last Monday. Meagan Keefe and Weezie Gross each added an assist and Mackenzie Dutton made 28 saves for the winners.