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Andover Falls to Tilton in NEPSAC Class A Quarterfinals

After a 67-34 quarterfinal loss to Tilton, Andover Girls Basketball finished the season with a record of 14-12, its first winning record in over ten years. Andover, seeded seventh in the Nepsac Class A tournament, fell to second-seed Tilton, who went on to win the championship.

Head Coach Liz Monroe commended the team for its grit and resilience on the court in its game against Tilton. Despite being seeded five places lower than its opponent, the team applied pressure and was able to put up 34 points.

“I was proud of our half-court defense against Tilton. They were a tough opponent who ended up winning New Englands and had a serious size advantage on us, but we did a very good job playing aggressive defense and shutting them down in the half-court,” said Monroe.

According to Co-Captain Claire Brady ’20, the team was able to disrupt Tilton’s solid offense to advance down the court and form its own attack.

“We had a lot of challenges facing their press break, so there were some standout moments when we did break the press and our ball handlers took it up the court and we were able to form our normal offense,” said Brady.

Despite having injured players and facing a challenging opponent, the team was able to remain composed against Tilton, according to Kiley Buckley ’23.

Buckley said, “In the quarterfinal game against Tilton, we had a few injuries, but everyone stepped up and worked really hard. Tilton was a very challenging team, but we tried our best and proved who we were.”