Girls Basketball

Andover falls short in title game

LOWELL – Two years after a pandemic quashed the Andover girls’ chance to win it all on the court, they finally took their state-title opportunity to the floor Sunday afternoon.

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Girls Basketball, 03/20/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central dominates Feehan; Andover up next

LAWRENCE – A week ago, after knocking off Concord Carlisle in their state tournament opener, "Andover" was a forbidden word for the Central Catholic girls.

“They know better (than to even think about Andover),” said Raider coach Casey Grange said after the playoff opener.

Friday night on their home court in the MIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals, the Raiders earned the right to again think about the top-seeded Warriors and a shot at vindication. No. 4 Central drilled No. 5 Bishop Feehan of Attleboro, 63-50.

In a matchup that seemed all but predestined when the pairings were announced, it will be Andover-Central Catholic: Round 3, in the state semis with the right to play for a championship hanging in the balance.

“It’s great. We’ve been wanting another shot at them, and I feel like we’re so well-prepared,” said Central’s sensational sophomore Ashley Dinges, who continued her assault on the D-1 field with 26 points and 18 rebounds. “We’ve played some really big teams since then. We’ve all put so much hard work and effort into everything. We have the mentality we can do anything we put our minds to.”

Central, now 19-4, assumed control early on against Feehan, building a 16-8 lead after one quarter and holding the margin at 28-20, going into halftime.

Dinges, who is averaging 28.3 points a game in the postseason, owned the third quarter with a dozen points, five boards and one silky no-look assist to Leah Deleon as Central bumped the advantage to 14 at 47-33. Feehan would not challenge again.

“This group is just so fun to work with because they don’t care about anything. They’re fearless, fun-loving, happy-go-lucky. If they’re playing LeBron James they don’t care,” said Grange of her group’s handling this quarterfinal challenge with relative ease. “They’re like ‘Let’s go!’ I’m throwing up because I’m so nervous and they’re laughing at me because they’re ready.”

Dinges doesn’t sound like a sophomore when she speaks of the Raiders' confident, laid-back approach.

“Practices are literally so intense that games feel like practice,” said the 6-footer. “We just beat each other up and we’re best friends after. We get in the games, and we are used to getting beat up. It’s the perfect scenario.”

Central got a dozen from sophomore sniper Sam Guertin, who canned four 3-pointers. Seniors Claire Finney (9 points) and Arlenis Veloz (8) were all over the floor, per usual.

And now the countdown begins. The Merrimack Valley champion Warriors knocked off Central twice on their way through a perfect conference campaign. The last came on Central’s senior night, a two-point decision that belonged to Andover’s Amelia Hanscom, who had a career-high 24 points in that one.

“We believe we can put it together and give them a good game,” said Grange.

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Girls Basketball, 03/12/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hanscom, Foley power Andover into quarters

ANDOVER — Anna Foley and Amelia Hanscom each scored 20 points and No. 1 Andover held off upset minded No. 16 Framingham, 60-52, Tuesday night at the Dunn Gym. Andover (19-1) advances to the State Division 1 quarterfinals against Cinderella No. 24 Newton North (12-11), which scored on an improbable buzzer-beater by Abigail Wright to beat Chelmsford, 46-45.

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Girls Basketball, 03/08/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Foley, Andover roll in tourney opener

Anna Foley and Amelia Hanscom each scored 21 points as top-seeded Andover beat Newton South 63-42 in the Division 1 Round of 32 on Friday. The Golden Warriors (18-1) will next host Framingham on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.)

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Girls Basketball, 03/05/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights score big upset

A long bus ride to Attleboro was costly in the first half for the North Andover girls, who fell behind 21-8 after a quarter and 26-18 at the break. 

But the No. 20 Knights found their legs at the intermission and ran 13th-seeded Attleboro High off their own floor, pulling off the 53-46 upset in the Division 1 round of 32 matchup. 
Janie Papell led the way with 17 points with three 3-pointers. Jackie Rogers deliered 15 points and seven rebounds, while Hannah Martin had 15 points and four boards.
North Andover moves to 11-9, while Attleboro ends at 16-7.
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Girls Basketball, 03/03/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Tierney trey

Kaitlyn Tierney's 3-pointer with a minute left snapped a 43-43 tie and Thyanais Santiago and Brooke Tardugno hit clutch late free throws as Methuen shaded Framingham 51-46.

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Girls Basketball, 02/22/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights are in

North Andover (10-8) beat Reading, 58-44, to secure a state tourney berth. Reading came in with an impressive 14-4 record. Hannah Martin led all scorers with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jackie Rogers added 13 points. Today the Knights will play in Gieras Tournament championship. 

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Girls Basketball, 02/22/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Comcast Champions

Central beat Newton North 57-47 in the finals of the Comcast Tourney. Tourney MVP Ashley Dinges had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks. Claire Finney took two huge charges and had 11 points. Lenny Veloz finished with 12 points. Finney and Veloz were All-Tourney.

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Girls Basketball, 02/21/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Way to Rebound

Just a day after absorbing their first loss of the year, the Andover High girls toppled 18-2 Norwell, 57-42.
Amelia Hanscom led the way with 17 points, and Anna Foley tossed in 16 for the Warriors, now 17-1.
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Girls Basketball, 02/20/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Finney, Central roll

Claire Finney scored 18 points as Central Catholic rolled past Franklin 54-35. Ashley Dinges kept rolling with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

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Girls Basketball, 02/19/22 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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