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Norwell High School girls basketball coach Eric Thornton has been preparing the Indiana Girls All-Stars for their summer series, including a game against the top juniors on Monday at Logansport as a warmup to the series vs. Kentucky.
Thornton recently sat down and talked about coaching the all-stars:
How excited are you to coach the girls?
"It's a real honor to be coaching. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'm excited and honored to be in this position."
What does it mean to you as a career accomplishment?
"As far as an individual, this is the ultimate achievement as a coach. This is it, the ultimate achievement as an individual coaching award."
What is it like to coach the best girls in the state?
"It is a lot of fun. The athleticism combined with the skill level, it's fun to watch. It's cool to see them do things that you don't see at the high-school level. We did a mini-camp and just watching how quick they get the ball down court, it's a difference in intensity altogether from high school."
Talk about your preparation as coach.
"My ultimate goal is to get everyone to play as a team. The biggest challenge is to get all 13 girls enough minutes but also to win. Everyone has to play at least six minutes, but others will have more playing time. These kids are all-stars on their respective high school teams and they all deserve to be on the team."
What's the one main thing that you are looking forward to?
"Having a great experience. We have to beat Kentucky and everyone has to buy into their role as part of the team. It will be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it."