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May 3, 2014

Cape Ann hoop Player of the Year Kiernan taking her talents to Endicott

Hannah Kiernan’s final game in a Chieftains basketball uniform was just a small window into her high school playing career at Masconomet Regional.

As the game’s leading scorer (19 points), Kiernan didn’t let the fact that her team was down stop her from playing until the final whistle, which included a banked three-pointer with just seconds left on the clock. She’s the type of player that’s going to give you everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. Her ability to create her own offense, drive to the basket, defend and handle the ball are qualities that have carried her game to new heights both on and off the court.

It was clear to Endicott College women’s basketball coach Brittany Hutchinson that Kiernan was someone she could rely on in the seasons ahead. So both parties were thrilled that Masconomet senior guard recently committed to continue her basketball career in college for the Gulls.

“I’ve been watching Hannah play since the spring of last year. She caught my attention immediately with her fluidity and athleticism,” said Hutchinson, who will enter her fourth season as head coach this fall. “The game comes very natural to Hannah. After our initial contact, I knew she would be a great addition to the Endicott women’s basketball program.”

The reigning Cape Ann League Player of the Year, Kiernan should fit into her new role on the team perfectly, as Endicott runs a similar transition offense and full court press that Kiernan is accustomed to playing for Bob Romeo at Masconomet.

Hutchinson runs an up-tempo style, similar to the way the 5-foot-9 guard already plays. Kiernan’s quick decision making and aggressive scoring ability could make an immediate impact for the Gulls.

“I know she’ll transition smoothly into the college level because of her experience,” noted Hutchinson, whose team finished 23-7 this past season. “I try to look beyond the court as well, and it was no surprise that Hannah thrives here as well. Hannah is academically focused. Even though she is a fierce competitor, Hannah has a very calm, cool, and collected demeanor. She’s confident, easy to talk to and coachable.”

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