Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 20, 2012

Caveney, Alois step into leadership role

Caveney, Alois step into leadership role

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But any competitor that believes the cupboard is bare at Dunn Gym is grossly underestimating Caveney, Alois and the rest of the team.

From the time Andover began its three-peat in 2010, Caveney has been a key scorer for the Golden Warriors. The sweet-shooting southpaw entered this season with 809 career points, knocking down 35 3-pointers a season ago.

“I know I have to score even more this year,” said Caveney. “It’s different, but it’s been fun. Nicole was such a leader, and I like stepping into that role and taking on the responsibilities.”

Caveney has been at her best in the big games. As a freshman she scored a game-high 19 points in the Division 1 state semifinals at the TD Garden. She then scored 14 points in the Division 1 state title game in 2011 and last season scored 16 in a key tourney win over archrival Central Catholic and 13 in the state title game.

“Devon is just an all-around player,” said Alois. “She is so resilient. She will play defense so hard, then she can dribble, penetrate and shoot. She has done it all for years.”

While Caveney has been known for her shot, Alois has become a favorite throughout the region because of her aggressive play.

“I love playing with Jackie so much,” said Caveney. “She is the most athletic player I have ever played with. She is 5-foot-4 and gets every rebound. She is so clutch and doesn’t back down to anyone.”

Despite her lack of height, Alois has been a force on the boards for the Golden Warriors since stepping into the starting lineup as a sophomore. She averaged 5.7 rebounds a game last season, and often takes on the task of defending players up to a foot taller than her.

But the multi-talented Alois can also score. That was never more on display than when she scored 12 points as a sophomore in the state title game and her 11-point day in a tourney win over Acton-Boxboro last season. She expects to expand on that role this season.

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