Flynn Does Whatever It Takes For
It’s not Shannon Flynn’s
fault that she can put the ball in the hole. After
all, if the St. Mary’s Lady Gaels want to win,
someone has to do it on a regular basis.
“Shannon definitely gets her points, but (at St.
Mary’s) we don’t have a lot of (scoring) options, so
we have to drop her down to the
two guard sometimes”, said Tom Flynn, the Gaels’
head coach and Shannon’s father. “But she’s actually
a better pure point guard than she is a scorer.
She‘d rather pass the ball.”
The veteran playmaker is the Lady Gaels' leading
scorer not only this season, but in hoops history as
of January 15th. If not for her 22 points per game,
there’s a chance that the Manhasset program would be
going fishing early in the February cold, but doing
whatever is necessary is common protocol for the
cream of the crop on the high school level. The said
point guard skills have also given her about 5
assists per game this season, and more importantly,
the ability to play the ghost of her father on the
“He knows he can yell at me more than he can other
girls”, Shannon said with a laugh. “Then when it
comes to executing on the court, I’m kind of like a
coach out on the floor, a typical coaches daughter
So are there ever coaches quarrels in the locker
room or at the dinner table?
“Not at all”, she continued. “Everyone thinks its
hard, but its not.”
The elder Flynn agrees. “Shannon is a coachable kid,
so there’s never any problems at all”, he said.
Over the course of her four year reign at St. Mary’s
and her challenging summer collision courses with
Long Island Extreme AAU, the well-rounded senior has
honed her skills and prepped herself for wherever on
the court her services are needed. The next level
awaits the 5‘7 star, and there’s no shortage of
“Shannon has about 4 or 5 Division II offers”, Coach
Flynn revealed. “She wants to play in the Northeast
10. Adelphi, AIC, Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut,
Molloy, Dowling and CW Post are all in the picture,
so she’ll have plenty to pick and choose from.”
Shannon, however, wants to keep it local.
“Molloy, Post and Bridgeport have offered me full
rides already”, she said. “I would rather stay
closer to home than go away.” Speaking of home, St.
Mary’s have a playoff bid coming up, and Flynn’s
first order of business is helping the team get deep
into the post-season in her final bid as a Lady
Gael. A tough road awaits but make no mistake,
she’ll do whatever it takes.