Double-Doubles from Rafferty ’10, Amarosa ’10 Propel Andover Win

Double-doubles from Julia Rafferty ’10 and Co-Captain Laura Amarosa ’10 lead Andover to a 54-32 win over a defensively strong Milton team on Saturday. Despite foul troubles early in the game, Andover rebounded with seven different players scoring in the second half. In the first quarter, Rafferty and Amarosa lad the scoring charge for Andover. Rafferty finished the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Amarosa scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards of her own. An effective full-court press from Milton stifled Andover heading into halftime. This, along with foul trouble for Andover’s starting five, allowed Milton to have the lead at the half. In the second half, Andover adjusted its defense to keep the Milton offense at bay and to stimulate its own offense. “We changed into a zone, which worked really effectively and prevented Milton from scoring. We hustled a lot on defense and made good decisions on offense,” said Laura Amarosa ’10. Megan Robertson ’11 stepped up in the second half, and finished the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Robertson said, “Eventually, we were able to slow down and work the ball around. Once we did this, we took advantage of some of the mismatches on defense and used our size to our advantage.” Co-Captain Ansley White ’10, Alayna Garbarino ’10, Julie Brandano ’12 and Amanda Simard ’13 also contributed to the Andover win, combining for 10 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks. With Rafferty, Robertson and Amarosa scoring in double-digits, Andover stormed back to beat Milton, 54-32. After its exciting comeback against Milton, Andover prepared for Wednesday’s game against Thayer Academy. Thayer stormed the court with an aggressive offense, taking an early lead over Andover. Thayer relied heavily on two or three leading scorers who were able to sink several three-point shots early in the first half. “There were a few players we really needed to do a better job covering,” said Coach Lani Silversides. Andover went into the second half trailing Thayer 30-16. Despite Robertson and Amarosa both reached double figures with 14 and 12 points respectively, Thayer maintained its momentum in the second half, and Andover lost 36-51. “Offensively, we were much better in the second half,” said Coach Silversides. “We gained patience, but we really dug ourselves into a hole after the first half.” Amanda Simard ’13 said, “When we took our time and didn’t try to rush things, we made baskets and things happened, but because Thayer’s defense was so aggressive and in your face, we got nervous, rushed, and turned the ball over.” Andover stands at 4-3 this season. The team will take on Deerfield Academy (2-7) this Saturday. Andover decisively defeated Deerfield 56-28 last season.