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December 11, 2012

Caveney, Andover look to get everyone involved

Andover senior co-captain Devon Caveney said that with star Nicole Boudreau graduated and playing at Boston College, the Golden Warriors will rely on everyone to score.

“I think we’re going to surprise people,” Caveney said. “People expect us not to be as good without Nicole obviously. But we still have our heart, confidence and motivation. ... We really relied on Nicole to score. We knew she was our scorer. And this year, it’s just like everyone scores.”

The three-time defending champion Golden Warriors are without their superstar, but they still return three starters, including Caveney (10.5 ppg, 35 3’s last year), the top returning scorer.

Yes, everyone will have more of a scoring role this year, but Caveney will need to step up in important situations. She has experience. She has hit some crucial shots and had some big offensive games during the playoffs in past years when Boudreau was being double-teamed.

“I definitely have to score more this year,” Caveney said. “Obviously, we don’t have Nicole. It’s a little pressure. But I’m just excited. I’m looking to have fun. I’m not trying to live up to Nicole or anything. We’re all playing really well. Everyone’s stepped up in scrimmages. The Alois sisters (Jackie and Rebecca) are scoring. ... Our bench is playing great.”

This is a big week for Caveney. She applied early acceptance to Williams College and is expecting to hear back from the school between today and Saturday.

If she gets in, she plans to play basketball there next year.

Caveney is a strong student. She is taking AP Spanish and environmental science. Her other classes are at the honors level. She has a 4.2 GPA, scaled above 4.0 because of AP and honors classes.

“I put school before basketball so I’m happy I can use my basketball to maybe get in such a great school,” Caveney said.

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