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Cede Finstuen

Posted at: 02/20/2013 10:47 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Cede Finstuen is a lot of things. She's a great basketball player, a senior leader, but maybe most important, she's loud.

"I'm very vocal, I'm very loud and I'm really, really intense and I always want to be winning," said the senior captain. "If I get a basket, or I get an assist, or someone else scores, I get down there and I'm yelling 'Let's go, get down there, D it up, lets get a stop.' So I'm very loud and vocal in that part."

The fierce competitor in Cede has helped make the Pine Island Panthers HVL Conference Champs. She hates to lose and plays an important role on this 22-and-five team.

"She's kind of our spark plug," said head coach Rick Canton. "She gets things going when things are maybe not as energetic, she always plays hard. She'll hit a big shot whenever we seem to need it. She's a very competitive athlete, one of the more competitive kids I've coached. She hates to lose and she finds a way to make a play."

Her intensity will be needed down the stretch. The Panthers start the playoffs on Thursday and they'll be looking to their leader. One thing's for sure, Cede will always show up ready to go.

"She's a fun kid to coach because she plays hard all the time, you don't have to get her motivated to play, she just likes to play and compete," said Canton.