“The student section stormed the court and practically bulldozed the players and coach [Jeremy] Dexter over,” Thompson said. “They were excited. They were pumped. A lot of the girls got interviewed on the radio, and I know that was something fun for them.”
Thompson was driving the team’s mini-bus home to Greentown after the game when the Comets were treated to a hero’s welcome.
“She’s driving us and they caught us, the police caught us and escorted us for a good 10-15 minutes into Greentown,” Dexter recounted. “They took us all through Greentown. It was funny because the girls are like ‘nobody’s out here.’ We had to keep reminding them that they’re all in the gym. We turn the corner to see the parking lot and we had to ask one and other if there’s event going on. The event was us.”
Thompson is in her third season on the Eastern coaching staff and working at EHS. She started out working in the athletic department and has now moved into a role as a special ed teacher in the high school.
Dexter said her experiences as a player help make Thompson a valuable coach. After graduating from Kokomo, Thompson played at Indiana Wesleyan, where she was part of IWU’s 2007 NAIA national championship squad.
“Lisa’s just been an invaluable friend personally, and then from a professional side ... is so relate-able to the kids,” Dexter said. “When you can stand somebody in front of them that’s been on an undefeated high school team, an undefeated college team, won championships at both levels, this is a person you’re going to listen to if you want to do that.”
Thompson said how much she enjoys the atmosphere of the team and how hard the players and coaches have worked to get to the championship game.