Andover and Andover Central’s girls basketball teams had several emotional momentum swings late during Friday night’s crosstown showdown.
Central’s Masen Stamp and Amanda Kakoulias hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Jaguars a 41-39 lead.
With less than 20 seconds on the clock, though, Andover’s Jaylyn Agnew drained a 3-pointer of her own, and the Trojans stopped Central on its final possession to get a 42-41 victory.
“I just knew we didn’t have enough time on the clock to get a set play,” Agnew said. “My first instinct was to drive, but they were playing off of me a little bit, so I had to pull up right there.”
Central coach Stana Jefferson might have been more sick about the loss than the players. Central raced down the court to try and score in transition. Instead, Jefferson called a timeout to set up a play.
“It wasn’t coming down the floor like I thought I wanted to see it come down the floor,” Jefferson said.
Central fought its way back into the game with five second-half 3-pointers, most of which were against Andover’s zone defense. The Jaguars turned a 10-point halftime deficit into a two-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
“We made a couple defensive mistakes a couple times and left them wide open,” coach Max Hamblin said.
While the finish was close, the start wasn’t as Andover took control from the outset. Agnew got going offensively. Lexie Tilson did a little of everything. She was able to drive baseline and make a pair of dishes to Agnew.
“She came in and responded well and had a great game also,” Hamblin said. “She had two 3-point plays, hit some big shots, had some big rebounds.”
Tilson, who usually starts, but came off the bench Friday, had 10 points for Andover.
Defensively, Andover clogged the middle well, and Central couldn’t make many outside shots.
"It was our rival game, so we had to come out swinging. Crosstown rivals, the fun atmosphere. It's just a fun time," Agnew said.
Kakoulias led Central with five 3-pointers for her 15 points. Katie Kretchmar scored 11 points, Brooke Pederson had 10, Stamp had three, Becca Schulte had two.
Agnew finished with 16. Katelyn Day had eight, Maddie Routhier had six, Lauren Siebhur had two.