“The girls worked really hard this summer and were motivated by the loss,” Doneski said. “We had a good year and it ended abruptly. My mindset is for the team to be better at the end of the year than we were last year. We want to get back to the point where we were last year, and we’re a little more experienced in those situations.”
For the last three years, Andover has ruled the Merrimack Valley Conference and the Division 1 scene, rounding up three straight state championships behind the state’s two-time player of the year, Nicole Boudreau .
Billerica nearly knocked Andover off its undefeated season, but the Golden Warriors hung on for a 53-52 victory last year.
This season, Billerica is poised for a run at the conference title, but Doneski said he still understands how difficult that task will be.
“I think Central Catholic is probably one of the best teams in the state, and Andover is still going to be tough,” Doneski said. “I know they lost an all-world player, but the talent and winning mentality makes them good. They’re not going to be a pushover by any stretch.”
Here and there
The Middlesex League athletic directors have announced there will no longer be varsity girls’ and boys’ doubleheaders on Tuesday and Friday nights. Instead, the varsity games will play at opposite sites. The change comes in an effort to comply with a gender equity complaint that was filed with the league. . . On Friday, the Central Catholic boys’ varsity will face New Jersey powerhouse St. Anthony’s Prep at Emmanuel College at 8 p.m. St. Anthony’s Prep, which won the New Jersey state championship the last two seasons, has captured 26 New Jersey state titles.
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