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February 22, 2010

Andover thinking only about Methuen, not Central

The last thing on Andover coach Jim Tildsley's mind is another rematch with archrival Central Catholic.

Or at least that what he says.

"We're not even thinking about Central," he said. "You've got to take one game at a time. I've seen teams get upset."

No. 3-seeded Andover is focused right now on playing No. 14 Methuen, which it has already beaten three times this year. Methuen and Andover play in the Division 1 North first round at Andover on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The game will feature the two top scorers in the area: Nicole Boudreau and Rashidat Agboola.

Methuen's Agboola averages 25.1 points per game; Andover's Boudreau averages 20.6 points.

Here is a glance at all the local teams that made the tournament:

Division 1 North

Andover (19-3)

Seed: No. 3

First playoff game: At home against No. 14 Methuen on Wednesday.

Player on fire: Natalie Gomez-Martinez. Scored 36 points in Andover's regular-season finale win against Bayview Academy. She averaged 20.3 points in her last four games.

Notes: Won its final nine games. ... Beat No. 1 Central two out of three times this year. ... Coach Jim Tildsley said everyone is healthy and ready to play. ... Sophomore Nicole Boudreau is second in the area with 74 3-pointers. ... Tildsley said: "Right now we're playing well as a unit. No one is worried about points. We just want to win. The thing people have to realize is we're still young. Usually in these type of tournaments, seniors win. We want to do well for our four seniors."

Central Catholic (19-2)

Seed: No. 1.

First playoff game: Bye in first round.

Player on fire: Katie Zenevitch, Won Comcast Officials Board 27 Basketball Tournament MVP by netting 33 points and collecting 31 rebounds in a win over Westford Academy on Feb. 14.

Notes: The defending Division 1 champs. ... Toughest competition appears to be No. 3 Andover. ... Central beat No. 2 Westford Academy by 10 points in the Comcast Officials Board 27 Basketball Tournament title game. ... "I think it's a tribute to the girls and how hard they've worked all season that we did get the No. 1 seed," coach Sue Downer said. "I think it's an honor but at the same time, when push comes to shove, you've got to go win games. It got us a bye and it got us a good situation to kind of go over some things that we need to and prepare our best."

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