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.