Devon Caveney set her sights sky high.
She wanted to play basketball at Williams College, one of the country’s most prestigious schools.
The Andover High senior sharpshooter didn’t have to look far for the blueprint.
Golden Warrior coach Jim Tildsley knows a thing or two about play for the Ephs. His daughter, former Brooks star Kaylan, had a brilliant career at Williams, earning conference co-Defensive MVP honors in basketball and first-team All-American recognition in lacrosse. She is now a vice president at Goldman Sachs in New York City.
Caveney achieved her goal and was accepted into the Class of 2017.
“He was a great influence,” Caveney said of her coach. “I talked to his daughter. It seems like an amazing school.”
Caveney, a four-year mainstay, put an end to the doom and gloom predictions that Andover might be in free fall after the graduation of the great Nicole Boudreau, who carried the Golden Warriors to three straight Division 1 titles.
With Caveney leading the way, Andover went 18-7 including a win over top seed Lynn English in the North quarterfinals. Central Catholic ousted Andover in the North semis.
There were more highlights this winter to a highlight-filled career for Caveney, who was also a captain in soccer. She finished with 1,205 career points (fifth most in the program’s history) and reached 1,000 in storybook fashion with a rare 4-point play.
“That was amazing. I’ll never forget it,” said Caveney.
Tildsley won’t soon forget Caveney.
“She had a great four-year career,” he said. “She has never missed a practice or game. She is all about winning and will do anything for the team. She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve coached, a coach’s dream. I’m just so happy she’s going to Williams where my daughter played. I’m looking forward to seeing her play there next year.”