ANDOVER — Central Catholic made it a game, but Devon Caveney made it an Andover victory.
The visiting Raiders fought back last night from a deficit as large as 13 points to tie the game with 6:03 left to play. That was when Caveney and her Warrior teammates went into lockdown mode, scoring the final 12 points of the night to take an emotional 49-37 victory.
“We’ve never lost to Central Catholic on this court,” said Caveney, who finished with 16 points and six rebounds. “We came out with heart and energy to get it done. I’m so proud of us.”
Casey McLaughlin (team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds) ripped through three Andover defenders for a conventional three-point play to tie the game, but that would be the only scoring for the Raiders (now 9-3) in the fourth quarter. They were held to 1 for 11 shooting in the final eight minutes and Caveney, among others, powered the near-shutout effort.
“I was so mad that I got four fouls,” said Caveney, missing four minutes of the second half, “but once I got back on the court, I didn’t want to lose.”
So all she did was hit on a couple of free throws and a pair of pressure-packed 3’s to boost the lead to eight while pulling down four rebounds and getting a clutch steal during the run.
“We ran an out-of-bounds play that we hadn’t run all night,” said Andover head coach Jim Tildsley. “She sticks that 3 in the (right) corner and it was just a dagger.”
After that, it was up to the first-half hero, senior point guard Angelice “Lulu” Gonzalez, to drive home the win with a 4 for 4 free throw effort in the final 17 seconds.
Gonzalez was a fearless force in Andover’s quick start, scoring 14 of her 18 points in the opening 16 minutes to get the Warriors (now 11-2) up by nine (29-20) at the break.