“Being able to have that great of a game was really a big thing for me and I knew I was really close to the season scoring record and I really wanted to get it at Tri-West,” she said. “It still would have been special if I had gotten it, but I know that I didn’t have anymore home games left. To have that kind of game at my last game at Tri-West is something that meant a great deal to me.”
While basketball is her favorite sport, DeSutter squeezed in volleyball her freshman and sophomore seasons before getting the itch to play soccer again for her final two years.
“I’m really glad that I did,” she said. “All of the soccer girls really took me in instead of ‘Oh, she’s a junior, she’s the new girl.’ They all took me in because they wanted the team to be better. I’m really glad I did soccer.”
Outside the gym
While basketball is what DeSutter made the most noise in, she’s looking forward to a future of students and players listening to her. She’s continuing her basketball career at Franklin College in the fall, where she’ll major in elementary education.
When she was talking to college coaches, her first question was about her major. If the school didn’t have it, they were immediately off the list. Franklin having 100 percent placement of its elementary teachers last year and the college’s educational reputation were helpful deciding factors.
“My education matters most to me because that’s what I’m going to be doing after college,” DeSutter said.
She credits Katherine Hamstra, her fifth-grade teacher at Pittsboro Elementary School, with her career choice.
“Ever since the fifth grade, I’ve wanted to be a teacher because she made such a big impact on my life and I wanted to be able to make that big of impact in kids’ lives,” DeSutter said.