The dream for Lexi Gussert is to conclude her stellar high school career at her future home.
The Michigan State women’s basketball signee will begin working toward that Wednesday when the Crystal Falls Forest Park girls basketball team opens the Class D state tournament with a district semifinal contest against Watersmeet.
Gussert recently helped Crystal Falls Forest Park wrap up its first perfect regular season. The Trojans will try to continue their perfect run when the road gets much tougher in their state tournament run.
“We have a lot of people here expecting big things of us,” said Gussert, one of six Miss Basketball finalists. “We know people are expecting a lot. We want nothing more than to bring a state title to the U.P.”
Gussert, who has averaged 29.3 points and 11.6 rebounds this season, is trying to ignore the pressure as she attempts to lead the top-ranked Trojans to the Breslin Center for the state finals in March.
“We know we have a big target on our back and we’re just taking it one game at a time,” said Gussert, who ranks in the top 10 in scoring among girls in state history and is the Upper Peninsula’s all-time leading scorer (boys or girls) .