“I wish we could have had another year with Julian,” Blough said. “She’s made so much progress. It’s not often you get to have a 6-3 kid come off your bench. And Summer is a player who doesn’t get on the floor much but has stuck it out for four years here. She’s been a great practice player who’s helped make her team better.”
Both have left their mark on the program, but there’s no denying Kuestersteffen’s legacy. She’s the second-leading scorer in program history and has done it all for the T-Wolves, from being the team’s exclusive scorer two years ago to the facilitator role she’s assumed this season.
“When you talk about Bri, talk about a kid who’s tough as nails and has played all four years here,” Blough said. “She’s a true competitor, a 4.0 student and does community work all the time on top of that. In my opinion, she’s been the best player in this town. It’s a quiet leadership, but she’s a great leader. The other kids see how hard she plays even though she’s undersized. They see how hard she works and they look up to her.”
Kuestersteffen helped to lead the T-Wolves to the state tournament a year ago, and she plans to do the same in the next two weeks. And, for her, there’s no better place to start that run than at North.
“It’s going to be emotional, especially since I won’t play basketball in college,” she said. “It’s going to be my last games at North, and it’s wonderful to host. It’s been a great journey, and the coaches and other players are to thank for that. I almost can’t believe it’s already here.”
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