Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Butterfield and Hardiman Going Prep

2 of the best senior girls basketball players in New Hampshire have committed to do a post-graduate year at a local prep school. Savanna Butterfield (Londonderry HS), who just 9 days ago won the 2010-2011 NHBCO Division I Player of the Year will take her game to the Tilton School. Megan Hardiman (Merrimack Valley HS), an all-state selection in Division II, will be doing her PG year at Brewster Academy.

These 2 players led their teams to a combined record of 35-6 this season.

Butterfield is one of the most athletic players in the state. She is very active on the boards and excellent leaping ability, making her one of the area's toughest rebounders. She is also a superb defender, capable of defending 4 different positions on the floor. She's very good at taking charges, and the BIG charges that she drew in the Lancer's semi-final win over Alvirne this year have been well documented. The 5'10" Butterfield has the versatility to play in the paint as well as out on the perimeter. She has a very good mid-range jumper. She led Londonderry to 16-2 season and a spot in the title game before they lost to Winnacunnet in the final.

Butterfield has been recruited by a number of schools at the Division II and I level. Doing a post-grad year will give her another year to mature and prepare herself for the rigors of college, both academically and athletically. She will get another year of playing AAU as well. Butterfield is again playing for the NH Rivals elite team, alongside her future Tilton teammates Kaley Marston (former Bishop Brady player), Alex Cohen (former Bishop Guertin player) and Daisy Jordan.

Hardiman is another player who is very versatile. This season for MV she often played the role of 'point forward'. When you're 5'10", and are not only your team's best ball handler and passer but also the best rebounder and interior scorer/defender I would say that is pretty good versatility. Hardiman has the ability to take the ball to the basket and also has a nice pull-up jumper. At this weekend's Crusader Jamboree, Hardiman showed that she is in excellent shape and is just as good at setting up her teammates as she is at scoring the basketball herself. She led the Pride to a 15-2 regular season record before they were upset in the quarterfinals by John Stark.

Hardiman is playing her AAU ball this spring/summer for the NE Crusaders. It has been tough for her to get too much exposure playing for Merrimack Valley, so by playing for the Crusaders and then Brewster in the winter she'll be able to get noticed and also play some top competition.

Congratulations to both Savanna and Megan, and best of luck to both of them in the future!

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