Andover turned on its offensive juices when it needed to, matching Mansfield basket for basket in the fourth quarter to win the Division 1 girls Eastern Mass championship at the Garden 60-52 after a tawdry second half start.
Andover put up only seven points in the third quarter, giving Mansfield hope that it could come back in the game. But after building an 11-point lead at half, the Golden Warriors only needed to match Mansfield's output for the rest of the game. And that's what they did. Mansfield put up 15 points in the fourth; Andover put up 16.
The Golden Warriors held Mansfield to 10 points in the third as well, showing how well both teams clamped down and slowed the game up.
Andover was led offensively by Devon Caveney, who scored 19 points on the day. She nailed four 3-pointers for the Golden Warriors. Nicole Boudreau added 12 points and Ally Fazio had 10. Natalie Gomez chipped in nine in the winning effort. Alex Alois had three points and 12 rebounds.
Briena Walker led Mansfield with 17 points in the game.
We're live chatting from the Garden with Andover facing Mansfield in the Division 1 girls basketball state semifinals and Eastern Mass championship.
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