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Agnew’s three-pointer sends Andover girls past Central

Published Dec. 13 at 11:37 p.m. | Last updated Dec. 14 at 8:17 a.m.

As Andover junior Jaylyn Agnew show Friday night against visiting Andover Central, she can do anything Andover coach Max Hamblin wants her to.

If he puts the 5-foot-11 forward in the lane, she can post up, block shots or battle for rebounds.

If Agnew gets a rebound, she can drive the length of the court and score. If she’s on the perimeter, she is quick enough to play defense, or make shots.

She had another addition to her repertoire Friday night — she’s clutch. She made the game-winning three-pointer to beat Andover Central 42-41.

“She’s kind of one of those players who would rather get an assist than score,” Hamblin said. “We’ve been talking, ‘You gotta attack, you gotta attack.’… She had a great game.”

Agnew finished with a game-high 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals.

Andover (2-1) needed Agnew after Andover Central’s Masen Stamp and Amanda Kakoulias hit consecutive three-pointers to erase a 13-point deficit and put the Jaguars (1-2) up 41-39 with 41 seconds to go.

Andover called time to draw up a play designed for Agnew to score.

“We wanted to clear out a little bit and let her penetrate or shoot,” Hamblin said. “… She had the guts to pull the trigger, and bam, it was there.”

Agnew had planned to drive to the basket, but Andover Central shut down that option with its help defense. When her defender backed off a little bit, Agnew shot.

“She’s off me, so I might as well shoot it,” Agnew said.

Agnew, a two-time Class 5A high jump champion, is most known for her ability to jump, as well as use her long arms and quickness defensively.

But her shot is good, too.

“I’ve worked on it quite a bit,” she said. “In the summer we do a lot of drills shooting from outside. And every day in practice, our last drill, we do six shots from each spot on the arc.”

Andover built a 13-point lead early in the second half when sophomore Lexi Tilson converted a three-point play.

Andover Central rallied, though, scoring 17 of the next 19 points, capped by threes from Brooke Pedersen and Amanda Kakoulias in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter.

“They were good from the three-point line in the second half,” said Hamblin of Andover Central’s 5-of-15 shooting. “We made a couple defensive mistakes and left them wide open a couple times.”

Kakoulias scored a team-high 12 points, all on three-pointers.

After Kakoulias’ final three, Andover Central forced an Andover turnover and had the ball with 30.4 seconds to go. Andover’s Maddie Routhier forced a jump ball, though, setting up Agnew’s basket.

The drama didn’t end there.

Kakoulias drove inside to score what seemed to be the game-winner, only to have it waved off because Andover Central coach Stana Jefferson had called time-out.

The Jaguars, with 5.1 seconds remaining, got off two shots.

After the game, Jefferson stood quietly outside the Jaguars’ locker room. Her eyes were red, her voice shaky. She was kicking herself for the timeout.

“I looked at the girls, I saw their faces,” Jefferson said of the moments after Agnew’s three. “I thought we’d get something better set up. I started calling (time) right about halfcourt.”

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Andover Central: Pedersen 10, Schulte 5, Kretchmar 11, Kakoulias 12, Stamp 3.

Andover: Routhier 6, Agnew 16, Day 8, Tilson 12.

Andover Central's Zane Downing hits the game-winning shot

Andover Central boys celebrate

Andover Central fans celebrate with Zane Downing

Andover Central senior Zane Downing

Andover Central coach Jesse Herrmann

Andover Central fans

Andover Central girls force a turnover

Andover junior Jaylyn Agnew

Andover junior Jaylyn Agnew hits the game-winning three-pointer.

Andover girls coach Max Hamblin

Andover fans cheer

Andover's madrigals sing a Christmas song between games