Crochet and basketball have more in common than you may think. At least they do at the Northwest Regional Basketball Tournament at Tom Drake Coliseum in Hanceville. "Right now I'm making a baby blanket for someone at church," Polly Easterwood, 81, said while weaving pink yarn in and out.Easterwood has been going to this basketball tournament for at least 20 years. She always sits in that same seat on the front row with her husband, a former basketball coach himself. "I went with him, sometimes it would get boring, you know," Easterwood said. "If I didn't know anybody, I just started crocheting. You want to learn to crochet?"While she crochets away, her only distraction is the student section sitting right behind her."I always bring ear plugs," she said while holding a pair between her fingers. "It's okay right now, but if it gets too loud, then i put them in my ears."
"Sometimes it gets really, really loud," Easterwood said. "But that's what this is all about, excitement!"
Her fingers move as quick as teenagers feet. But don't, for a second, think she's unaware of whats going on on the court. "If i just had a whistle things would go a lot better."
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