Rough Second Half Costs Andover

Andover Girls Basketball lost by five points against BB&N on Wednesday, bringing its record to an even 7-7.

Friday’s game against Suffield was cancelled because of the snowstorm that hit the area.

The game started off well for the team, but Andover lost the game by a score of 40-45 after a rough second half.

“BB&N was really scrappy, and we lost some composure in the second half,” said Katie Kreider ’14. “We started out well but a little slow.”

“We played really strong in the first half,” said Captain Amanda Simard ’13. “We lost it in the second half because we got frazzled,” she continued.

Although the team did not close out the game the way that it had hoped, Andover played its hardest and had some very strong moments during the game.

The team implemented aggressiveness and rebounding. The team’s ball handling and passing, however, were inconsistent, ultimately leading to the loss.

“We moved the ball well at times and other times made passes that were easily picked off,” said Kreider.

Although BB&N was persistent and outworked the Andover team for the win, Nekele McCall ’14 kept up the aggression even at the end of the game.

“Nekele played incredibly both on offense and defense,” said Simard. “She works really hard and is a huge presence on the court.”

“This was another game we should have won. We were up a considerable amount at halftime, and then we lost momentum in the second half,” said Savannah Mastrangelo ’16. “Amanda shot well and Katie played great defense.”

The team looks for another win and will travel to Northfield Mount Hermon School on Friday. To qualify for the playoffs, the team needs to win at least three of its next four games.