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February 25, 2013

Thompson brings state experience to Eastern

Comet assistant was a state champion with Kokomo in 2003.

As Eastern’s girls basketball team won the Class 2A Warsaw Semistate on Saturday afternoon, Comet assistant coach Lisa Thompson soaked up the fresh memories, and kept going back to ones etched in her mind a decade earlier.

Thompson was the starting center on Kokomo’s Class 4A state champion squad in 2003. She scored a dozen points in the championship game as the Wildkats beat Perry Meridian to finish as unbeaten rulers of the state.

“It’s funny because it’s very similar,” Thompson said Sunday, a day after the Comets beat Fort Wayne Luers in the semistate to book a date in this coming Saturday’s state championship game in Terre Haute. “It’s kind of fun because it was exactly 10 years ago, it was 2003 that we won.

“We had a highlight tape that was made, kind of documenting our whole year in 2003 by one of our assistant coaches. After the sectional I popped that in and started watching, and then last week before the semistate, I shared the portion of the semistate with the girls, just to kind of get them to see what the atmosphere was going to look like, a little bit what to expect.

“It’s kind of been cool because I’ve gotten to relive 10 years ago, but yet have new memories and new experiences with this team. It’s also very similar in the fact that the Kokomo community is very supportive of its basketball team and the Greentown community has been awesome as well.”

Greentown turned out en masse to the Warsaw Semistate, roaring support of a Comet squad that won 74-55. Thompson said the biggest similarity between the 2003 Kokomo and the 2013 Comets was the atmosphere.

“Just looking, taking a moment and soaking it all in, just looking at the bleachers being filled and people being excited and the students going crazy, that’s what took me back,” she said. “The excitement of the fans is an incredible feeling.

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