Agnews three-pointer sends Andover girls past Central
ANDOVER 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 shes on the perimeter, she is quick enough to play defense, or make shots.
She had another addition to her repertoire Friday night shes clutch. She made the game-winning three-pointer to beat Andover Central 42-41.
Shes kind of one of those players who would rather get an assist than score, Hamblin said. Weve 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 Centrals 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.
Shes 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.
Ive 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 Centrals 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. Andovers Maddie Routhier forced a jump ball, though, setting up Agnews basket.
The drama didnt 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 Agnews three. I thought wed get something better set up. I started calling (time) right about halfcourt.
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