“Her (Hutchinson’s) enthusiasm truly does feed off to the rest of us,” explained junior captain Ashley Walenta, who had three steals in last night’s victory. “Our coach constantly stresses talk on defense, communicate and rely on the help. If you mess up you can recover as long as you have your hands up and are communicating with your teammates. That is something we really focus on and really try to improve on every single game and as the season goes on we’re holding teams to less and less points.”
The scoring has come from all over this year for the Gulls. Last night, it was forwards Samantha Crough (20 points) and Kayleen Whall (18 points) doing most of the damage. However, the team’s most consistent scorer is junior sharpshooter Jennifer White, averaging 13.8 points per game. White has welcomed her role as the team’s go-to shooter and lately, her confidence seems to be through the roof.
“She’s (White) just really jumped on board with my role for her as a shooter,” noted Hutchinson. “I want her to catch and shoot every time. Her confidence has risen in the last year. She has been tremendous.”
More than anything White has been reliable and her teammates definitely appreciate her ability to step up when it matters most: “When we need her, she is always there for us,” Walenta said.
Collectively the Gulls play with a lot of poise which may come as a surprise to the average onlooker considering the Endicott roster has just one senior on the team. But Jen McBrien has welcomed the responsibilities that come with being the lone elder.
“She’s made some incredible strides in four years. As a freshman she didn’t think she had leadership qualities in her at all, but she’s really stepped up,” said Hutchinson. “She’s vocal, she’s positive and she’ll put the team on her back. I am really thrilled to have her.”