“It has almost taken me four years to actually be comfortable shooting the ball,” said Alois. “The last three years have let me build a foundation that allows me to step up now. I’m trying to expand my offense. I want to shoot, drive and be more of an offensive weapon than I have the last few years.”
Joining the two stars as a returnee from last year’s starting lineup is Jackie’s sister, forward Rebecca Alois. The 5-foot-7 junior leads a group that will look to step up into a more prominent role this season.
“Rebecca is really stepping up and Lulu (Angelice Gonzalez) has stepped in as a starter this year,” said Caveney. “My cousin, Colleen Caveney doesn’t turn the ball over and can hit her open shots, and we need girls like Abby Katz and Jess Whitten to step up.
“We know this season is not going to be easy, but we are motivated and feel like we can win.”
2011-12 season: 27-0, Division 1 state champion
Returning starters (3): Devon Caveney, 5-8, Sr., guard; Jackie Alois, 5-4, Sr., forward; Rebecca Alois, 5-7, Jr., forward
Returning lettermen: Olivia Biles, 5-6, Sr., guard; Angelice Gonzalez, 5-5, Sr., guard; Abby Katz, 5-7, Sr., forward; Emma Bentley, 6-0, Sr., center; Jessica Witten, 5-7, Jr., forward; Rachael Cormier, 5-4, Soph., guard; Talia Dellatto, 5-7, Soph., forward
Newcomers: Jordan Day, 5-3, Sr., guard; Josie Saiz 5-7, Jr., forward; Erin Nastari, 5-7, Jr., forward; Colleen Caveney, 5-7, Soph, guard
Captains: Devon Caveney, Jackie Alois
Returning leaders: Devon Caveney 10.5 ppg (35 3’s), Angelice Gonzalez 6.0 ppg, Jackie Alois 4.4 ppg, Rebecca Alois 3.4 ppg
Returning honorees: Devon Caveney and Jackie Alois, Eagle-Tribune All-Stars, All-MVC; Rebecca Alois, MVC All-Star
Fast fact: Andover joined Haverhill (1994-96) as the only Division 1 teams to three-peat in the 36-year history of the modern girls state tourney. ... Andover has won 39 straight games since losing to Central on Feb. 6, 2011. ... With the graduation of Nicole Boudreau (BC), it’s looking like possibly a rare rebuilding year, but the Golden Warriors still have three returning starters. ... Devon and Colleen Caveney are cousins.
Assistants: Dick Muller, (assistant); Leo Lafond (JV), Kerri O’Dea (freshmen)
Coach Jim Tildsley (18th year, 360-53): “We graduated two great players (Nicole Boudreau, Ally Fazio). I think we’re going to be pretty good. I love how hard we work. I don’t think many teams work as hard as we do.”