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Andover Girls Basketball on Four-Game Losing Streak

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Co-Captain Cassidy Musco ’19 surveys her options at the top of the key.

With two seconds left in the game, Co-Captain Cassidy Musco ’19 tried to inbound the ball off a Kimball Union and retrieve it for a game-winning layup attempt. Unfortunately, the defender recognized the attempt and stopped Musco from scoring, leading to a 54- 53 Andover loss and bringing the team’s record to 3-12.

Andover executed on offense as well and played unselfishly for the whole game, according to Head Coach Elizabeth Monroe. Andover also came out strong offensively against KUA’s zone defense, according to Niya Harris ’21.

Harris wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “We were patient and efficient on offense by swinging the ball around and either finding the open shot or driving for a layup. Although it took a little time to get into it, we played lockdown defense [for the] majority of the game.”

The final minutes of the game against KUA were very tight, but Andover was able to keep its composure and perform, according to Harris.

“The last minutes were very intense. An and-one gave them the lead by one point. We were shocked that they had come back and we had to pull it together,” Harris wrote.

The team’s game against Brooks on Wednesday was canceled. Without the opportunity to play on Wednesday, Andover is still motivated to break its losing streak, according to Harris.

Harris wrote, “Coming off of a losing streak, we all recognize that there must be a lot more changes if we want to win more games. In fact, last Thursday we spent an hour just setting goals for the team. As a result, we went into Friday’s practiced more focused than we’ve ever been. Although we lost on Saturday, we looked like an entirely different team and I’m excited to see how we grow through the rest of the season.”

Andover will play this Saturday in a rivalry matchup against Exeter.