Avery Steer can’t lose Sunday when Gonzaga tips off against Creighton.
The NCAA Tournament game between two small, private Jesuit schools may pit teams separated by half a country, but personal connections make it seem like a game between friendly neighbors.
Steer is a 19-year-old freshman at Creighton University. Before that, she was all Spokane, growing up on Gonzaga’s campus as her mom, the Rev. Janeen Steer, works there and ministers to several players, including Corey Kispert.
And so the basketball game presents Avery Steer with a dilemma: Honor her love of the No. 1-seeded Zags and friendship with Kispert, or root for the underdog and No. 5-seeded Bluejays
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