In the Grey Ghost Classic championship bout Tuesday night, the Andover girls' basketball team got its first taste of a state tournament battle, routing powerhouse Acton-Boxboro 63-50, behind Boston College commit Nicole Boudreau's 21 points.
Trailing 22-19 at the half, Andover found themselves stripped of motivation and physically spent.
"They physically out played us, they pushed us around pretty good so i got on them a bit at halftime" said Andover coach Jim Tildsley. "We stepped up in the second half, Ally Fazio hit some big threes and Angelice (Gonzalez) had her best game of the year."
A three by senior point guard Ally Fazio started Andover's 19-8 third quarter run to help the Golden Warriors regain the lead, 40-36 going into the fourth quarter.
Boudreau's 17-point second half surge led the Golden Warriors as they finished the season perfect at 22-0 claiming first place at the Grey Ghost Classic ousting A-B led by senior captain Elizabeth Belanger with 25 points.
"In the first half they outplayed us and we needed to have a lot of heart to win this game because we didn't have as much size" said tournament MVP Boudreau. "As a team we aren't always going to be up 20, so we need to learn to play in those close games and be able to score when the pressure is on come tournament time but I think we're ready."
With the win, Tildsley and the two-time defending state champions know that it won't be easy completing the three-peat.
"We've won 22 straight, great season, but now everyone is 0-0, so we need to come back focused and ready to go because any given night you can get beat."
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