Ledyard's Hutchins commits to Utah State

Hannah Hutchins led the Ledyard High School girls' basketball team to a victory over Bacon Academy in Monday night's Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament quarterfinals.

After that, she had a phone call to make.

Hutchins, a 6-foot-4 senior, made a verbal commitment later Monday evening to play basketball next season at Division I Utah State.

"I don't consider it an honor as much as a challenge," said Hutchins, who finished with 19 points against Bacon. "It's a little bit intimidating, but exciting to continue to play at that level."

Hutchins has several family members who live in Utah, as well as three siblings who will be attending Brigham Young University. Utah State is in Logan, Utah, while Brigham Young is in Provo, about two hours away.

"It makes you so proud to see her from when she started as a freshman," Ledyard coach Adam Baber said of Hutchins. "She's grown by leaps and bounds every year. It's tremendous. Utah State is lucky to have her, as we've been lucky to have her."

Utah State, which competes in the Mountain West Conference, is coached by Jerry Finkbeiner.

Hutchins, who will help lead the Colonels into Wednesday's semifinals against New London, was also a key member of Ledyard's volleyball team, which won the Class M state championship in 2012 and captured the ECC tournament championship last fall.

- Vickie Fulkerson

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