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March 5, 2010

Star and supporter

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

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"(Fish) shot 3-pointers and Nicole just thought that was coolest thing," the twins' father, Richard Boudreau, said. "She made her own shirt with (Fish's) name and put masking tape on the back with the number and she went to the games and wore the T-shirt and I think she was kind of hooked on basketball after that."

Her mother said before Nicole started playing organized basketball, she spent tons of time down in the unfinished basement hitting a tennis ball against the concrete wall with a racquetball racket.

"She was born with great motor skills and hasn't been without some kind of ball in her hand since she's been born," LeCompte said.

Nicole always has been the star in basketball, her 22-year-old brother Andrew Boudreau said. He said he had a bunch of friends over his house his senior year of high school for a lacrosse team dinner and they all started to play a two-against-two basketball tournament at the court in their backyard.

Andrew said he picked Nicole as his teammate.

"She was half our height," said Andrew, who graduated from Johns Hopkins and currently lives in Baltimore. "We were 18 and she was 12. They were all laughing at me because I picked my sister, but then we got out on the basketball court and she started dribbling circles around these guys."

The lowdown on Danielle

Danielle enjoys basketball, too, but she always had her other interests as well.

"She likes to shop," Nicole said. "She's more of a girly-girl. She's not as into sports as I am."

Danielle also liked to dance while growing up and she is into fashion, LeCompte said.

Danielle, who is about three inches smaller than her 5-foot-7 sister, admitted she does not take as much interest in basketball.

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