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March 10, 2013

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Beyond the mutual respect, they have been teammates in AAU ball.

At yesterday’s Division 2 North final game, Lumb shared her inside knowledge with teammate Mackenzie Mello.

Mello drew the tough assignment of guarding Healy as part of the Knights’ box-and-one strategy. That’s no easy task as she averages 26.8 points a game.

“I just told her to stay in front of her and watch her hips, and play her right shoulder,” said Lumb. “And she did.

“Obviously, Olivia’s an amazing player. She’s not going D1 (University of Richmond) for nothing. She can move without the ball and move with the ball. She’s big (at 5-10) so it’s hard to defend her, but I thought Mackenzie did a really great job on her.”

Mello held Healy to just eight points through three periods before North Andover had to resort to fouling. The senior went 6 for 6 from the line in the fourth and 10 for 10 overall to finish with 18 points, well below her average.

White proves he’s ready for prime time

North Andover High junior point guard Kyle White has come a long way since the summer, when it appeared he would have to fight just to make the team.

But White slowly worked his way up the depth chart and over the last month became a full-time player.

When Chris Bardwell went out with foul trouble, White was one of the Knights who stepped up, scoring all six of his points with Bardwell off the floor. His big 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter tied the score (45-45). He also nailed a short jumper to get within three (50-47).

White’s work at North Andover is not done. He is also one of the top tennis players at the school.

Bardwell: North Andover High is his home

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