There were dance numbers, self-expression segments, and talent showcases. For her talent in the competition, she used her basketball skills for a Harlem Globetrotter routine complete with the “Sweet Georgia Brown” whistling. It included combinations of spinning basketballs, dribbling, sitting down, getting back up, dribbling with her knees, and balancing two balls on top of each other.
“That’s what I was most comfortable doing,” DeSutter said.
She finished in the top 10 and gained $1,000 in scholarship money for her efforts.
As a student, DeSutter gets straight A’s with multiple college prep classes and is ranked seventh in a class of nearly 160 students.
Her keen knowledge of basketball has been used to help teach younger girls the sport the past two years. DeSutter coached third- and fourth-graders her first year and fifth- and sixth-graders the next. The ultra competitive coach was happy to proclaim her results with her teams at Pittsboro Elementary School.
“My teams made it to the championship game both years but they really grew as people too, so that’s what I liked,” DeSutter said.
As the silent leader who set the example on the court for her high school teammates, DeSutter’s own players were frequent cheerleaders at her games.
“The girls just love her,” Tri-West Athletic Director Don Dorrell said. “You see a little group of girls sitting at home ball games watching her and cheering her on ... I think she’s a great role model for the younger kids.”
And DeSutter understands the importance of setting a good example.
“It’s awesome being able to see youth kids at my games because they’re inspired to want to do that when they’re older because they see me as their coach playing in high school,” she said.
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