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December 13, 2012

Girls Basketball Preview: With 5 starters back, Central eyes state title

Merrimack Valley Conference

Andover

2011-12 season: 27-0, Division 1 state champion

Returning starters (3): Devon Caveney, 5-8, Sr., guard; Jackie Alois, 5-4, Sr., forward; Rebecca Alois, 5-7, Jr., forward

Returning lettermen: Olivia Biles, 5-6, Sr., guard; Angelice Gonzalez, 5-5, Sr., guard; Abby Katz, 5-7, Sr., forward; Emma Bentley, 6-0, Sr., center; Jessica Witten, 5-7, Jr., forward; Rachael Cormier, 5-4, Soph., guard; Talia Dellatto, 5-7, Soph., forward

Newcomers: Jordan Day, 5-3, Sr., guard; Josie Saiz, 5-7, Jr., forward; Erin Nastari, 5-7, Jr., forward; Colleen Caveney, 5-7, Soph, guard

Captains: Devon Caveney, Jackie Alois

Candidates: 48

Returning leaders: Devon Caveney 10.5 ppg (35 3’s), Angelice Gonzalez 6.0 ppg, Jackie Alois 4.4 ppg, Rebecca Alois 3.4 ppg

Returning honorees: Devon Caveney and Jackie Alois, Eagle-Tribune All-Stars, All-MVC; Rebecca Alois, MVC All-Star

Fast fact: Andover joined Haverhill (1994-96) as the only Division 1 teams to three-peat in the 36-year history of the modern girls state tourney. ... Andover has won 39 straight games since losing to Central on Feb. 6, 2011. ... With the graduation of Nicole Boudreau (BC), it’s looking like possibly a rare rebuilding year, but the Golden Warriors still have three returning starters. ... Devon and Colleen Caveney are cousins.

Assistants: Dick Muller, Leo Lafond (JV), Kerri O’Dea (freshmen)

Coach Jim Tildsley (18th year, 360-53): “We graduated two great players (Nicole Boudreau, Ally Fazio). I think we’re going to be pretty good. I love how hard we work. I don’t think many teams work as hard as we do.”

Central Catholic

2011-12 season: 14-10, lost in Division 1 North semifinals

Returning starters (5): Casey McLaughlin, 6-0, Sr., forward; Courtney Walsh, 5-7, Jr., guard; Alex Nagri, 5-2, Jr., guard; Caitlin Dell’Orfano, 5-7 Jr., guard; Amanda Williams, 6-0, Jr., forward

Returning lettermen: Darion Summers, 5-6, Sr., guard; Allie Tierney, 5-8, Sr., guard; Erica Hadad, 6-2, Soph., center

Newcomers: Natasha Santana, 5-3, Jr., guard; Colleen Frey, 5-7, Soph., guard; Toni Joy, 5-7, Soph., guard; Madison Borrelli, 5-8, Frosh., forward

Captains: Casey McLaughlin

Candidates: 72

Returning leaders: Casey McLaughlin 14.2 ppg, Courtney Walsh 12.0 ppg (27 3’s), Amanda Williams 9.6 ppg, Caitlin Dell’Orfano 7.5 ppg

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