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Skylights' Thompson Poised for Big Year

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Sophomore Jacy Thompson is capitalizing on her experience at the National Tournament last year.

"It really opened my eyes," says Thompson. "It showed me how good the competition is at the national tournament level and what I needed to work on this summer. And I really just got in the gym a lot and in the weight room a lot. It really helped me to elevate my game overall."

Elevate might be a understatement. The product from Townsend leads the Skylights in scoring through seven games, averaging about 16 points, which is nearly double her season average a year ago. Her breakout game was when she dropped 39 points on the 10th ranked team in the country (at the time of the game). She was one point away from tying the school record.

"We were in such a battle with Wayland Baptist, no one really knew until the game was over," says head coach Chris Mouat. "Looking back at it now, yeah it was a pretty incredible performance. I got to see the record getting set here with Jaci Heny getting 40 one night and never thought I'd see anything close to that. I look at the stat sheet and see 39. It was pretty incredible but we needed every one of them."

It was an incredible performance considering Jacy plays through pain. She's had four knee surgeries since 8th grade, the most recent one coming last year, which removed her from the starting lineup in the middle of the season. Jacy saw it as just another obstacle to overcome.

"I'm just kind of used to it now I guess," says Thompson. "I have to baby them a little bit but overall they're feeling good."

A return trip to the National Tournament would feel even better.

"That would be huge," says Thompson. "I think that's every Frontier Player's goal in the end. I think with our team, it's going to be a challenge, with any team. But I think we can definitely get there."

Getting back to Missouri would be an opportunity for Jacy to get even better as a player. Another experience to capitalize on, hopefully leading to an even stronger Junior year

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