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March 5, 2010

Star and supporter

Nicole Boudreau loves helping lead Andover, her twin Danielle loves watching her do it

ANDOVER — Danielle Boudreau sat in the bleachers wearing her fraternal twin Nicole Boudreau's No. 25 home basketball jersey at the Division 1 North semifinal contest Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Nicole, who leads all local scorers with 79 3-pointers this winter, was out on the court wearing her No. 25 away jersey, scoring in double figures for the 21st time this season and helping lead Andover to a berth against Central Catholic in the Division 1 North final today at the TD Garden.

Nicole and Danielle are twins. But they are very, very different.

Nicole is a varsity star, averaging 20.0 points per game. She's more the athletic-type.

Danielle is on the junior varsity, still working to improve her defense and shooting and hoping to make varsity next year. She's more — as Nicole describes her — "the girly-girl type'' who likes to go shopping for clothes.

The two sophomores are best friends. Danielle said watching Nicole score a barrage of 3-pointers is an amazing feeling.

"I turn around and go, 'That's my sister,'" Danielle said. "It's just so much fun to watch people in the crowd stand up and cheer for her every time she makes a 3."

The lowdown on Nicole

Nicole, who also is a standout golfer on the boys' team, has received recruiting interest from Division 1 basketball programs, including Boston College and Stanford.

Nicole immediately loved the game when she saw her first hoop. That was around kindergarten at St. Augustine School in Andover.

"She would not leave the house, in kindergarten, without a basketball under her arms," said their mother, Denise LeCompte. "They had basketball hoops on the playground. She taught all the kids."

Nicole's passion for the sport grew when her parents took her to an Andover High game in third grade. Andover's Merry Fish quickly became her favorite player.

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