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March 6, 2010

Feeling like a Celtic

Nicole Boudreau said she felt like a pro after beating Central Catholic at the TD Garden yesterday.

"I feel like a Boston Celtic right now," she said, standing in the media room of the Garden. "I mean it's the greatest feeling ever beating Central. And it's all the merrier that it was in the North finals at the Garden. That makes it so much sweeter. They are a great team and we had to fight every second to get that win."

With her three 3s yesterday, Boudreau now leads the area with 82 3-pointers. It's not surprising then that her favorite Celtics player is sharpshooter Ray Allen. Boudreau said she actually once met Allen. She as well as teammate Natalie Gomez-Martinez and Central star Katie Zenevitch once roomed with Allen's daughter at a Boston College basketball camp.

"We all looked at each other and we were like, 'Hold on, is that Ray Allen?'" Boudreau said. "We were all just so surprised."

Free throw woes

Central was just 2 for 11 in the first half and 10 for 21 for the game from the charity stripe.

"That was what our halftime speech was about," Central coach Sue Downer said. "If we make our foul shots than we're at a tie game or at least right in it. It was absolutely huge going into half."

Hook-shot layup

Andover's Aly Fazio made an interesting lay-up where she hooked it up and banked it off the backboard.

"I'm so short, compared to everyone else that I kind of just hook it up there," said the 5-3 Fazio.

Natalie Gomez-Martinez added: "I never see anyone do that. But it goes in and she knows it so we're like, 'Keep going with it.' Everybody has a different weird thing and that's hers."

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