By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
While many residents of Shady Spring are gearing up in camouflage and blaze orange, preparing for the big hunt, Lyndsey Thompson will be gearing up in blue and gold for a hunt she’s been working on for a long time.
Thompson will suit up tonight for the Lady Tigers, one goal shy of breaking the West Virginia career scoring record, one Thompson holds with former Sissonville star Lydia Murray at 132.
Thompson was shut down by her physician against Greenbrier East Tuesday night, after suffering an injury to her hip flexor and pelvis, but luckily for Thompson, she’s been cleared for tonight’s battle with Class AA rival PikeView.
“I went back to the chiropractor (Wednesday),” Thompson said. “He told me I can play (tonight).”
Thompson’s return to the lineup will be a huge addition for Shady, but it will be an even bigger moment for Thompson.
“I think it’s big for her,” Shady Spring coach Rachel Kincaid said. “It’s her senior night. I’m glad she’s back. It’s her last home game, and she has a record to break. We’re looking forward to it.”
Thompson insists she hasn’t thought much about how she will celebrate if she does become West Virginia’s all-time leading scorer, but when pressed on the subject, there was one emotion that came to mind.
“I’m not really sure, but I’ll probably cry,” Thompson said. “I’ll just be really excited, and it’s our senior night.”
Thompson hasn’t been just another player for the Lady Tigers. She’s served as a mentor to younger players.
“It’s really been a rebuilding year,” she added. “We have a bunch of young girls, so we’ve just been trying to focus on some things and teach the younger players.”
But Thompson would much rather be on the pitch than on the sideline.
“It was awful sitting there cheering them on,” Thompson said of the Tigers’ 7-0 loss at Greenbrier East on Tuesday.
But tonight, at the Carter Family Foundation Field, Thompson won’t be on the sideline. Instead she’ll be chasing victory — and history.
“It’s been really fun having her chase the record,” Kincaid said. “She is a really good athlete. She motivates the younger players by wanting to win. That dedication will take you somewhere.”
Thompson wasn’t shy about a prediction, either.
“I hope we’re ending our season with a win,” she said. “And hopefully I’ll get a goal.”
The Tigers and Panthers will kick off at 5 p.m.
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