Three Returning Starters Lead Andover To Win in Season Opener

Ready to face one of its toughest competitors in the league, Andover basketball fought hard to earn a 43-38 win against Worcester on Wednesday. The well-earned victory kicked off the season, giving Andover high hopes for its upcoming games. With only two practices together as a team before the game, Andover looked to use the scrimmage to improve. “We started off a little shaky in the first half,” said Megan Robertson ’11. Worcester jumped ahead early, expecting to leave the half with an 18-13 lead. However, just seconds before the halftime buzzer, Julia Rafferty, ’10 broke past the Worcester players, dribbled down the court, and shot a smooth three-pointer, cutting the Worcester lead to two. In the second half, Andover battled back with intensity. “We picked up our game and played more aggressively,” said Co-Captain Laura Amorosa, ’10. “We moved the ball better on our offense and created scoring opportunities for each other.” Worcester kept up, keeping the score close throughout the half and even regaining the lead towards the end of the game. But, with only a few minutes remaining, Andover raced down the court with quick passing and reclaimed the lead for a final score of 43-38. The team, composed of a fierce collection of returning talent such as Amorosa, Robertson, as well as Riley Gardner, ’10, Alayna Garbarino, ’10, and Co-Captain Ansley White, ’10, also welcomes promising new talent. New players include Rafferty, Amanda Simard ’13, Simard, Alex Kiss-Rusk, ’12, Emily Jacobson, ’13, and Ashley McCown, ’12. Andover is coming off of an impressive playoff run last season. Although the team lost in the finals, the New England runners-up showed promise. With much of the core returning, including three starters in Amorosa, White, and Robertson, Andover hopes to build on the successes of last season. Looking ahead at the rest of the season, Andover basketball hopes to build team chemistry. With more communication and understanding of each players’ individual playing style, the team hopes to play as a cohesive unit. “Based on our performance today, I think our team has a lot of potential and if we keep working hard, we can have a really good season,” said Amorosa, “We have really good team chemistry, so I feel that we will only get better.”