EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 11, 2012

Caveney, Andover look to get everyone involved

Girls Basketball
Christopher Smith

---- — 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.

Caveney’s cousin, Colleen Caveney, is on this year’s team. Colleen is a 5-7 sophomore guard.

“She worked a lot on her game this summer,” Caveney said. “She’s just a really smart player who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. She plays good defense and when she’s open, she scores, which is exactly what my coach wants and exactly what our team needs.”

Hogan ready for big year

Georgetown’s Kristin Hogan, an Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year as a junior, is trying to diversify her game.

“Defensive has always been my weakness,” said Hogan, who averaged 14.7 points per game and knocked down 59 3-pointers last winter. “I’ve always been focused on offense. But this year, I want to try to play really hard defense because that’s where it all starts. When I play good defense, that’s when most of my points come.”

Hogan probably won’t play next year in college because she is applying to mostly Division 1 colleges, including Purdue, Cincinnati and Clemson. She also is looking at Roger Williams if she does decide to play.

Player of Week

Timberlane’s Dakotah Vondrasek knocked down a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to send the Owls’ game against Trinity into overtime Friday.

She then scored five of her team’s seven points in overtime to lead Timberlane to a 56-51 victory. She finished with 17 points.