NORTH ANDOVER — By the way Andover’s Colleen Caveney drives to the basket, she looks an awful lot like her cousin, Devon Caveney, a three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star/state champion who graduated from Andover last spring.
“You can definitely tell they’re cousins, but Colleen’s personality is just so different and you can see it in the way she plays,” Andover junior Rachael Cormier said. “She’s very long. Her arms remind me of octopuses. So she’s always anticipating, always grabbing the ball. She’s really a huge part of our team.”
Caveney, a 5-7 guard, netted a game-high 19 points to lead Andover over Salem, 60-48, in the Hyde Division semifinal of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic at Merrimack College. Andover will play Lawrence in the Hyde Division final Saturday.
Colleen said about her cousin Devon. “I looked up to her a lot. She was really good at driving to the basket strong and putting up 3s, and she’s always been a very consistent player.”
Caveney did a fine job yesterday of driving to the basket, getting to the free throw line and even adding a 3-pointer in her eight-point first quarter when Andover dominated. The Golden Warriors (4-0) outscored the Blue Devils 19-5 in the first period.
“We did really well at the beginning to get that good lead with steals and stuff,” said Caveney who scored nine points in the Golden Warriors’ opening victory over Lowell, then 20 points in a victory over Methuen and 19 in a win over Dracut this past Thursday.
Andover coach E.J. Perry loves Caveney’s energy and length.
“And the way she can play defense and then her aggressiveness on offense,” Perry said. “The only thing I talked to her about was just a little bit about shot selection tonight. But I also don’t want to take that away from her because she’s a good shooter. We’ve got to look at everything. I’ll look at the film. I thought she played excellent.”