Andover Wins One, Suffers Two Losses

Kiley Buckley ’23 is one of five Juniors on the team this year.

Down 38-34 with two minutes left, Kiley Buckley ’23 scored six consecutive points to put Andover Girls Basketball up 40-38 against Governor’s. The team ended up winning Friday’s game with a score of 44-38.

Against Governor’s, the team was able to capitalize on its strong defensive performance, according to Co-Captain Claire Brady ’20.

“Overall, I think we had a great game. We set out with the mindset of working hard on defense and deriving our energy from there, and really executed that,” said Brady.

Brady continued, “[Co-Captain] Hannah McGrath [’20] and Kennedy Herndon [’23] really stood out. I think one of the key takeaways was how we worked together defensively as a team and that really translated to offensive energy and movement.”

On Saturday, Andover fell to Milton 43-37. Andover also fell to Thayer on Wednesday, losing 63-53. Andover’s record now stands at 6-7.

Despite coming off of a strong win, Andover was unable to carry its momentum against Milton and started the game off slowly, according to Buckley.

“To start the game we put ourselves into a big hole, which really kept going on through the whole game. We never were really winning at all. We began to come back a little bit at the end of the third quarter, but then we lost it again by the end of the game… I think the team definitely could have done a lot better and communicated more, which would have helped us win,” said Buckley.

Against Thayer on Wednesday, Andover was able to keep up with its opponent for most of the game but was unable to hold onto the lead for a substantial amount of time, according to Alanna Olsen ’23.

“We need to work more as a team to help each other on defense. We were up at the beginning for a short time. It was back and forth but they mostly kept a small lead on us at all times,” said Olsen.

Andover will face Deerfield at home on Saturday.