2010 Salem News Girls Basketball Player of the Year
The Ipswich girls basketball team holding steady at the top of the Cape Ann League Small standings was one of the most surprising storylines in the league this season. Perhaps the most surprising, or at least the most unexpected, was the rise of Hannah O'Flynn to stardom.
For two years O'Flynn played in the shadow of two-time Salem News Player of the Year Amber Smith. While Smith was dropping points at a rate fast enough to become Ipswich's all-time leading scorer, O'Flynn settled in as a nice role player for the Tigers in her freshman and sophomore seasons.
As a junior, it was break-out time for O'Flynn.
The Tigers' forward was the only player to average a 20-10, registering over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game this season. She was also CAL Small Player of the Year, and showed an incredible knack for getting to the free throw line. O'Flynn scored 31 points against Amesbury and was the owner of three of the top six girls scoring performances in the area this winter.
Panthers go-to player averaged over 12 points per game ... Selected as the team MVP, as well as a North Shore Invitational game MVP in February ... A two-time Northeastern Conference all-star ... Scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win over Saugus ... Hopes to attend a Division 2 college while continuing to play basketball.
Powerful forward was vital in Tanners' return to the state tournament ... Formed a solid frontcourt combination with classmate Janelle Rodriguez ... Scored 17 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a victory in the Tanner City Holiday Classic ... Earned a spot on the NEC all-star team ... Headed to Westfield State College, where she will major in nursing.
Three-year varsity player took her game to another level in her senior season ... An excellent complementary scorer for a couple of seasons, Gilberg successfully switched to the point guard position while becoming the Big Blue's go-to offensive player ... Averaged over 16 points per game ... Three-time NEC and Salem News all-star ... Thrives on the defensive end of the floor ... Helped Swampscott win the Division 3 state title as a junior.
A three-year varsity player and two-year starter for the Chieftains, Kiernan shook off an early-season ankle injury to average 13.5 points and nearly six rebounds per game ... Posted 50 points in two North Shore Invitational games, including 28 against Bishop Fenwick in Masco's opening round loss ... Cape Ann League All-Star as a junior, CAL All-League this season ... Will likely continue playing basketball at a Division 3 school in New England next year.
Long, fast and athletic, Macdonald was a matchup problem for every opponent ... Averaged 16.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and two blocks per game ... NEC Small MVP and team MVP ... Named to the North Shore Invitational All-Tourney Team ... Earned the MVP award at the Wakefield Holiday Tourney ... Scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead the Falcons to an NEC title clinching win over Gloucester.
A forward with guard skills, Palazola teamed with Kellie Macdonald to form one of the most dangerous duos on the North Shore ... A good shooter with range that extends beyond the three-point line ... Handles the ball well, and was one of the Falcons' top defensive players ... An NEC all-star ... Named to the North Shore Invitational All-Tourney team.
Bishop Fenwick Junior
A natural point guard, Pelletier thinks pass first, but is also a deadly shooter ... Averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 steals per game ... Named "Best Offensive Player" for team ... A Catholic Central League all-star ... Scored 20 points and dished out seven assists in win over Danvers for the final of the North Shore Invitational ... Dropped 31 points, including eight three-pointers, in tourney win over Ipswich.
Talented General averaged over 17 points per game to rank among the North Shore leaders ... A three-time team MVP and three-time CAL All-League or All-Star selection ... Missed entire junior year after tearing her ACL ... Kicked off her senior season with a 32-point game against North Reading ... Headed to Bates College next fall where she will continue playing basketball.
The multi-talented Rodriguez could play any position for the Tanners this season ... Captured the Tanner City Holiday Tournament MVP ... Named NEC All-Star ... Two-time Salem News All-Star ... Scored 20 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and added five steals, five blocks and four assists in Peabody's win over Everett in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament ... Headed to Brandeis University, where she will continue playing basketball.
Chieftains' 5-foot-11 guard had a breakout season, averaging 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game ... Drilled a three with 2.8 seconds left to lift Masco to a first-round upset over Lynn English in the Division 1 North tourney ... Named CAL All-League ... Scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in win over Wilmington ... Hopes to play Division 1 college basketball.
Point guard made the Tigers go this winter ... A play-maker on offense and a tough defender at the other end, Sutherby averaged 5.7 assists and 4.7 steals as a senior ... Nearly posted a triple-double against Newburyport with 15 points, 11 steals and nine assists ... A CAL All-League selection ... Will attend Fairfield University where she will play soccer and study engineering.
Bishop Fenwick Senior
Equally skilled at driving to the hole or shooting from the perimeter, Trainor was a dangerous offensive player for the Crusaders ... Scored 12.8 points per game to go with 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 3.3 steals per game ... Named MVP of the North Shore Invitational ... Led Fenwick with 28 points, including a 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line, in win over Arlington Catholic ... Plans on playing in college next year.
Scored 302 points in her junior year for a 15.7 points per game average ... Has developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous scorers in the NEC ... A two-time NEC and Salem News All-Star ... Salem's team MVP ... Scored 28 points when the Witches played Saugus ... Plans on continuing her basketball career at the collegiate level.
Salem: Jasmine Bryant, Jr. C.
Beverly: Katie Moriarty, Sr. F
Danvers: Joanna Zecha, Sr. G
Peabody: Hayley Dowd, Fr. G; Kerrie O'Shea, Sr. G; Brittany Lefave, Jr. F; Carissa Milley, Sr. G.
Marblehead: Ari Freddo, Jr. G; Olivia Raisner, Jr. F.
Swampscott: Tara Gallagher, Sr. F.
Masconomet: Emily Winskowicz, Sr. G; Danielle Davis, So. F.
Ipswich: Lia Webb, Sr. F.
Bishop Fenwick: Sydney Southern, Sr. G; Sarah James, Jr. F; Erin Botticelli, Jr. F; Rebecca Graves, Jr. F.
North Shore Tech: Heather Hicks, Jr. G.
Essex Aggie: Emily Pontes, Sr. G.