Now kicking off their fourth seasons playing for Andover High, Devon Caveney and Jackie Alois have aced virtually every test varsity basketball has to offer.
Both were members of the Golden Warriors’ three straight Division 1 state championship teams (2010-12), and starters for the last two titles. They have both been All-MVC selections, had tremendous games on the biggest stages Massachusetts has to offer, and celebrated memorable victories on the Boston Celtics’ home court.
But the 2012-13 basketball season presents a whole new set of challenges for the two stars. That’s because this season, for the first time, the two now hold the responsibilities of the Golden Warriors’ go-to players.
“Devon and I have a completely different role we have to fill this season,” said Alois. “We feel the pressure, but I really believe that the more pressure there is the better we are. We have waited so long to be seniors and we feel ready.”
Alois, a gritty forward, and sharp-shooting guard Caveney know they have their work cut out for them this season.
Not only do the Golden Warriors have the giant target of being the three-time defending state champions on their backs, but they enter the season without the school’s all-time leading scorer in current Boston College star Nicole Boudreau (2,200 points) and fellow four-year varsity starter Ally Fazio.
“It would be hard not to feel the pressure,” said Caveney. “This season is a huge transition after losing those girls, and we know that teams are targeting us. And obviously it’s going to be harder. But Jackie and I have seen a lot, and we are motivated to win.”
The loss of record-setting Boudreau — the two-time Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American — and big shot extraordinaire Fazio would be a tough blow to any team.