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QND's Gengenbacher is The People's Choice

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QND's Kristen Gengenbacher was named First Team All-State by the AP, IBCA, and Champaign News-Gazette following her senior season. QND's Kristen Gengenbacher was named First Team All-State by the AP, IBCA, and Champaign News-Gazette following her senior season.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Quincy Notre Dame's Kristen Gengenbacher is a future NCAA Division I athlete. But not in basketball.

She will play volleyball at San Diego in the fall which makes her remarkable First Team All-State season on the basketball court even that much more impressive.

"I think I just did what my team needed me to do and that's what everyone on this team did," Gengenbacher said.

"Together as a team we didn't have one or two superstar's this season but we all worked very hard trying to perfect our game as much as possible."

Kristen's game speaks for itself.

She averaged 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists this season, and while doing so, she carried on the tradition set by older sisters and college basketball players Karlee and Kassidy.

"The legacy and standard that they've set for me has helped me to become a better player," she said.

"I'm grateful to them and they're not holding me back, and I'm not living in their shadow. I'm pushing myself so that I can be in that group with them, and be part of the standard they've set for our family."

Gengenbacher is part of a senior class exiting the Lady Raider program having left an indelible mark.

The last four seasons they've been part of 124 wins, three state championships, and four state tournament trophies.

"I think she had a great senior year. She came on strong, especially in the postseason," head coach Eric Orne explained.

"Her and Mary Beth (Hugenberg) were our leading scorers this year and we leaned on them heavily. Cassidy (Foley) was probably our best defensive player and you throw in Hannah Marcolla who came in and started, those seniors really did a lot."

Gengenbacher added: "I love being out there and playing especially at Notre Dame. It's such a phenomenal program and who wouldn't want to be a part of this kind of legacy that we've set for ourselves."

After earning nearly a third of the vote total Gengenbacher is The People's Choice for WGEM Player of the Year.

She's more than grateful for the support she's received.

"I credit it all back to my coaches, my family, my teammates, and of course God," she said. "For everyone that supported me and our team throughout the year, thank you."

Gengenbacher was second on the team in scoring while leading the Lady Raiders in assists and three-point field goals.

She was named First Team All-State by the Associated Press, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, and the Champaign News-Gazette.
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