Putnam County’s Ava Hatton had a strong start to her sophomore season.
She was the Panthers’ top offensive weapon, averaging 18.3 points a game, scoring 20 against Henry-Senachwine/Lowpoint-Washburn and recording at least 17 points in all four games so far this season.
Behind Hatton’s play, the Panthers finished 4-0 at the Princeton Holiday Tournament and claimed the title on a tiebreaker over host Princeton.
“She put in extra work in the offseason, so we’ve been excited to get her on the floor to see what leap she was going to make from her freshman year,” Putnam County coach Jared Sale said. “She’s met every expectation to start the season and we’re excited to be able to build off of this great start for her and the team.”
For her performance, Hatton was voted the NewsTribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Central Bank again and Witek Wealth Management.
Hatton answered a few questions from NewsTribune sports editor Kevin Chlum.
Do you have any nicknames?
The Weed. I’ve always had that nickname.
What is your favorite sports memory?
Winning the Princeton tournament.
What do you like about playing basketball?
Besides basketballs season, what do you like about winter?
Snowmobiling at my grandpa’s cabin in Wisconsin.
What is your favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving?
What is a movie you never get tired of watching?
Who is your favorite athlete?
UConn’s Paige Bueckers is my favorite player because she has a bunch of talent and I enjoy watching her play ball.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
Navarre Beach, Florida, because I had never been there before and it is a beautiful place.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
Will Ferrell because I love all his movies and think he’s funny.
What are your thoughts on how your individual performance last week?
I thought I played well and aggressive.