Lauren said she started doing the penny drill in middle school and didn’t stop until she got the motion down.
“I still do flick the ball a little bit, but it definitely helped me because it made me use my legs a lot more, which is what you need to do if you get tired anyways in a basketball game,” she said. “I think it really helped, especially with the repetition of shots. One of those 100 shots was the free throw. I think that’s where I get my free throw percentage from.”
On the court
Tri-West girls’ basketball coach Brad Acton said he looks for certain things in the middle schoolers he evaluates as they prepare to make the leap to high school.
The 10th-year Bruins coach noticed immediately that DeSutter was a good teammate and that she was very coachable and basketball aware.
“I’m not sure if Lauren ever improved on those things because from day one she was a special kid,” Acton said.
DeSutter won two sectional titles, her freshman and junior seasons, and compiled a 68-21 record during her four years at TWHS.
She owns single-game records for most 3-pointers (7), steals (11) and is tied for points (37). Season records in DeSutter’s name are free throw percentage (86.3), 3-point percentage (43.3), steals (116), scoring (490), and as a part of 2012’s team offense (61.2). DeSutter’s career records are in free throw percentage (80.9) and steals (365).
Her handprints litter the Bruins’ record books.
“It means the world to me,” she said. “It shows me that my hard work finally has paid off. That what I worked for my whole life is, I know it’s in print too, but that I can tell myself now that I’ve accomplished what I wanted do. Even though I’m still going to go further like after college, I’m able to leave my mark on Tri-West like I wanted to.”