As DeSutter prepares to graduate and move on, those close to her are proud of the person she is.
“If I were to have tried to map out what I thought the perfect kid would have been, she’s exceeded those expectations,” Jeanna said.
Hamstra has seen firsthand how the selfless fifth-grader became a senior preparing for adulthood.
“She’s very mature for her age and she’s very responsible and just an all-around good kid,” Hamstra said.
At college, DeSutter will be rooming with one of her AAU teammates — Franklin Central’s Amber May — and the pair look to help the Grizzly Bears. There’s an immediate opportunity for the 5-foot-6 guard to step in next season as Franklin graduated its starting point guard.
“If I can prove myself and get that spot, that would be great,” DeSutter said. “But they’re definitely looking at me to play a role on their team right from the start.”
Acton joked that when he retires she could come back home and take his spot. But before that happens, he has quite a hole to fill with his star guard graduating.
“I don’t like to think about it,” Acton laughed. “You’re not going to replace Lauren with one player. You can’t replace her. The things she’s done, you are not going to replace that.”
When graduation hits in May, it will be the end of an era for DeSutter at TWHS.
“It’s really sad leaving Tri-West, obviously because of how many great memories I’ve had here, but I can take away great things from Tri-West,” DeSutter said. “I’ve accomplished more than I thought I could at this school, especially my senior year. I’m ready to start the new chapter at Franklin so hopefully I can have as successful of a time there as I did here.”