End of the game: Andover 57, Acton-Boxboro 51 — Andover's Nicole Boudreau poured on 34 points, 10 rebounds and four steals to lead the defending state champion Golden Warriors past Acton-Boxboro in the girls Division 1 North section final.
End of the third quarter: Andover 49, Acton-Boxboro 32 — Andover's Nicole Boudreau added 14 points in the third quarter. She has 29 on the game to lead the Golden Warriors, which extended their lead to 17 points.
End of the second quarter: Andover 33, Acton-Boxboro 22 — Andover's Nicole Boudreau went on a tear in the second quarter, putting up 12 points including two 3-pointers. The highlight of which was a 30-point bank shot off the backboard to end the half. She has 15 points to lead all scorers. Acton-Boxboro's leading scorer Elizabeth Belanger was injured in the quarter. She hit her head while diving for a loose ball at the 3:45 mark. Her left eyelid was swollen. She sat on the bench for the rest of the quarter icing it. In her absence, Jackie Watts poured in five points to keep the Colonials alive. But Andover outscored A-B 20-10.
End of the first quarter: Andover 13, Acton-Boxboro 12 — Despite leading Andover 7-2 at one point in the first quarter, Andover managed to make it way back to lead at the end of the quarter. Natalie Gomez-Martinez scored 5 points to lead the Golden Warriors.
We're about 30 minutes away from tipoff at TD Garden where the Andover Golden Warriors are getting ready to play the Acton-Boxboro Colonials in the girls Division 1 North section basketball final.
Andover (24-1) is the defending Division 1 state champions led by Nicole Boudreau (22.1 points per game), Natalie Gomez-Martinez (14.1 ppg) and junior captain Ally Fazio.
Acton-Boxboro (20-3) is led by junior forward Elizabeth Belanger (19.4 ppg) and 5-11 guard Hannah Foley.
The winner of this game will face the winner of the South section final, between New Bedford (23-0) and Mansfield (24-1), which is slated to tip off at 5 p.m.
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