Halea Eaton – 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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NORWICH (WBNG) – On Thursday, Norwich pulled off the upset of the basketball season thus far knocking off Seton Catholic on their home court.

“I think what I am most proud of is how our kids played, that was a very physical game,” said Norwich head coach Josh Bennett.

The Purple Tornado were relentless all night, taking an early lead on the back of a Saige Benedict bucket and holding that lead for the majority of four quarters.

“We try to wear down the other team and I think it was effective tonight,” said Bennett.

“We have been coming here and trying to put our best into this and that is what we did tonight,” said Norwich junior Halea Eaton. “Everybody played well and everybody dominated.”

Taylor Hansen had a team high 18 points for Norwich, including keys baskets in the game’s crucial moments against a Seton team that refused to go down without a fight.

“They did a good job of getting baskets when they needed them,” said Bennett.

Bennett’s favorite part of the upset win was the mental toughness of his purple tornado squad.

“I think our kids really gutted it out and we were forcing them to really make every basket that they got earned,” said Bennett.

The Norwich offense couldn’t have performed the way it did without its general, junior Halea Eaton. Eaton had twelve helpers and has had double figure assists in three of the team’s four games.

“we always try to go fast, fast, fast to accomplish going fast and making them go faster than they wanted to was a key part,” said Eaton.

“What I liked most was her ability to control the pace of the game, when we wanted to run we ran,” said Bennett.

Eaton said this win just might be her favorite during her time with the Purple Tornado.

“Pretty close to the top, it is right there,” said Eaton.

Next for Norwich, a much deserved holiday break before they once again hit the ground running.

“Just spending time with my family, my family is my number one supporters so whenever I can spend time with them when I am not with my basketball family that is what I want to do,” said Eaton.

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