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Athlete of the Week -- Kristi Fett, Lyle/Pacelli Girls Basketball

LYLE, Minn. (KTTC) -

Lyle/Pacelli's girls basketball team has had the perfect start the 2017 season, winning their first three games by a combined score of 208-106. They are the number one team in the state, and are led by senior Kristi Fett. 

Being the top ranked team in the state doesn't rattle Fett; instead, it motivates her. "It's crazy [to be ranked number one]. It puts a target on our back, so we have to work that much harder. It's not something where we're just like 'Oh, we're number one,' ... we're not entitled or anything. We understand what that means, and how much harder we're going to have to work."

Lyle/Pacelli hasn't made the state tournament since Fett was a freshman, and she is motivated to help lead her team back to the postseason. "Definitely, it's a goal," Fett said. "For us three captains, we're seniors this year. How awesome would it be to go out and win a state tournament? So it's definitely an attainable goal that we're really pushing for."

Assistant Coach Brad Walter added, "It's been a few years since we've been in the state tournament, and Kristi is hungry for that, and that kind of bleeds off on everybody else."

When Lyle/Pacelli's season ends, Fett's career will not. Next fall, Kristi will take her talents west, where she will continue her basketball career at the next level.

"I'm playing at Mankato State. And I'm super, super excited. And nervous because it's the next step, but it's really going to be really fun," she said. "It's going to be a new challenge for me, and I'm up to it." 

Walter says Kristi's passion for the game and desire to improve have made her the player she is today.

 "Her best quality is she is always trying to look to get better. She works at the things she knows she needs to improve on. She loves the game, and it kind of rubs off on everybody else -- when you see somebody that cares as much as she does, and she's put in the time, and it's hard to not put in that same effort in."

Kristi Fett, of the Lyle/Pacelli girls basketball team, is this week's KTTC Newscenter Sports Athlete of the Week. 

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