Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Springfield Returning to Conant

The best player in New Hampshire girls basketball is switching schools. Madison Springfield is finishing up her sophomore year at Marianapolis Prep in CT, but in the fall will be transferring back to Conant High in Jaffrey, NH where she spent her freshman year.

Springfield led Conant to the NHIAA Division III Final Four and was a first team all-state selection as a freshman. She transferred to Marianapolis for her sophomore year this past winter, and played in the NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Conference) all-star game a few weeks ago. But now she has decided to return back to Conant.

"I enjoyed my year at MPS and am grateful for the boarding school year" Springfield told the NH Notebook. "I have decided to return home for my last two years of high school, because I'd like to spend this time with my family before I go off to college."

Speaking of college, Springfield already holds scholarship offers from Boston College, Providence, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. This year she is attending Marianapolis Prep along with older brother Devin, who is doing a post-grad year. Devin will be playing baseball for Franklin Pierce next year, and their older sister Brooke is the starting point guard at SNHU.

With her transfer back to Conant, Springfield instantly becomes your early favorite for NHIAA D-III Player of the Year, and the Orioles are now a favorite to win the D-III title. I already have the Conant vs. Campbell girls game penciled in to our list of games to be covered by the NH Notebook this winter. But first, Springfield has some work to do on the AAU circuit with the NE Crusaders.

"I am looking forward to playing against the best players in the country this summer with the Crusaders on the Nike EYBL team in Washington, DC, Chicago and at Nike Nationals in Georgia" Springfield concluded."

Springfield is a 5-foot-11 guard who is a match up nightmare with her combination of size, quickness and skill. She can hit shots, take her man off the dribble, she can rebound, lead the break or finish on it. The rest of D-III girls basketball should beware, because she's back.

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