Senior Lauren DeSutter will lead Tri-West into the 2012 girls basketball season as really the only answer on a team filled with questions.
It’s a squad that Acton feels in his 10 seasons at Tri-West is the least experienced out of the teams he has coached.
“It’s been kind of a luxury the last few years where we’ve had a lot of experience so we knew who a lot of those key players were going to be heading into the season,” he said. “This year, it’s obviously a lot different because we have a lot of kids who haven’t really proved themselves in varsity or are coming up from junior varsity.”
Having DeSutter back, one of the top players in the county and the Bruins’ quarterback on the court, is monumental for Tri-West.
“If you have anybody back, you like to have that position,” Acton said about his point guard.
DeSutter led the Bruins last season with 17 points per game while shooting 51 percent and 28 percent from beyond the arc. She also snatched a team-high 4.67 steals per game and added 3.54 rebounds and assists.
Acton said, ‘there isn’t enough room in your story’ to describe DeSutter.
“She’s your best player obviously, the most experienced player and all that being said, her work ethic is beyond approach,” Acton said. “She cuts harder than anybody, she works harder than anybody, I don’t care if you’re watching drills or whatever. And we told our kids, she’s our best player for a reason.”
Acton likened DeSutter’s meaning to the team to Peyton Manning playing in Denver, because he’s helping make the Broncos better.
“Even though a lot of kids haven’t played varsity, she’s going to make people on the floor better players just because of the fact they are playing with her,” he said.