Seventh-ranked Trojans host Maize, No. 3 in 6A, on Tuesday.
Using a tenacious defense, Andover's girls shook off Maize South in the second quarter and coasted to a 56-34 win Nov. 30 to open the season at home.
"We're really, really quick and very active defensively," coach Max Hamblin said. "Their coach told me they couldn't even get into their offense. That's one of our strengths – we're deep and quick and play great defense."
Jaylyn Agnew scored 13 points and Sidney Tilson 10 as Class 5A's No. 7 team led all the way. Agnew scored five points and led the Trojans to a 13-0 advantage late in the first quarter. The Mavericks finally got on the board on a free throw by Mariah Suchan with two minutes left in the quarter.
That seemed to spark the Mavs, as they scored eight more points and pulled to within four inside the final minute of the quarter. A shooting foul at the buzzer put Andover's Lexi Tilson at the line, where she hit both shots and pushed the margin to six, 15-9.
Maize South could get no closer, as the Trojans scored the first eight points of the second quarter. They were up 31-20 at intermission and outscored the Mavs 25-14 in the second half.
Offensively, the Trojans moved the ball well. Their quickness outside enabled them to both move the ball around the perimeter and dribble inside either for the shot or the dump off.
"Definitely when we slowed down and started to penetrate a little bit, it made a difference," Hamblin said. "We got in there and got great looks."
Unofficially, Andover hit 42 percent (21 of 49) from the field, 36 percent (8 of 22) from behind the arc.
"We're not quite in game shape yet," Hamblin said. "When we get there, I think some of those 3s will start falling. I know we shot a lot but that's part of our game."
The Trojans had good balance in their scoring. Katelyn Day added seven points, Maddie Routhier and Lexi Tilson each scored six, with Kaley Hallmark scoring five.
Suchan scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Mavs. She was just 5 of 21 from the field, as South hit just 31 percent as a team.
Although Andover's defense was stifling, forcing 25 turnovers, the Trojans did not take very good care of the ball either, coughing it up 19 times.
"The main thing when we're trying to play this fast is to play smart," Hamblin said. "For the most part, though, we made pretty good decisions."
Andover's freshman and junior varsity squads both won. The freshmen by a score of 45-25 and the JV 49-31.