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April 2, 2013

Assisting on more than just the court

A basketball player who typically takes the most shots and scores the most points on their team can sometimes be labeled a ballhog, but for Tri-West senior guard Lauren DeSutter, one of the top scorers in Indiana, selflessness is just one of her many traits.

DeSutter averaged 22.3 points and 5.1 steals per game as she led the Bruins to a 16-6 record this past season. The four-year varsity guard finished her career with her name highlighted 10 times in the Tri-West record books and graduates as the winningest player in school history.

While her basketball accomplishments alone could carry DeSutter, she’s not limited to only the hardwood. Whether it’s academics, pageants, coaching youth basketball, teaching, or playing other sports, she brings it in everything she does.

Well, nearly everything.

“Oh, I’m an awful dancer,” DeSutter said after being asked what she’s not good at doing. “Like awful, not going to lie.”

Starting young

Jeanna DeSutter got a hint of the athlete she had on her hands when her daughter’s second word spoken was “ball.” Lauren’s fascination with soccer balls, basketballs, and even bouncy balls as a young child served as an introduction into sports.

“From the minute she could talk, all she ever wanted was a ball,” Jeanna said.

When Lauren started playing youth soccer at the age of 4, she scored so many goals that the coaches would only let her score with her left foot.

There wasn’t a specific moment when the DeSutter’s knew their youngest daughter would be a talented athlete, it just happened as she started playing organized sports.

“From the time she was old enough to play against other kids, it was easy to tell that she was going to be good,” Jeanna said.

Her sports prowess was not genetic. While her sister, Alex, swam at TWHS, Jeanna was a cheerleader and did gymnastics. Lauren’s father, John, was in a band.

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