The George Thompson Memorial Tournament proved to be a turning point for the Lady Vikings.

“George Thompson was always there for every game, even through middle school. I feel this tournament is a great way to remember him,” Taylor Kennedy said.

On Friday, Dec. 28, the Lady Vikings took on the Lady Cougars of Capital High capturing their first win since early in their season.

With a score of 52-38, the Lady Vikings came out fighting and wouldn’t let the Lady Cougars bite.

Jaelyn Hunt proved to be a powerhouse leading the scoring for the Lady Vikes with 23 total points, including 6 crowd pleasing 3 pointers and going 1-2 at the line.

Taylor Kennedy was second in scoring with 11 points, shooting 1-4 on free throws.

Tessa Ray and Katlyn Sarver grabbed 7 points each including a 3 point shot dropped by Sarver.

Freshman Daylin Rose contributed 3 points, shooting 1-2 at the foul line.

Lauren Roush added 1 point to the total.

The win was a much needed morale boost for John Kennedy’s Lady Vikings, sending them on to the championship game Saturday evening against the Lady Raiders of Roane County.

Saturday evening was the icing on the cake for the Lady Vikes.

Kennedy’s Lady Vikings took the first three quarters over the Lady Raiders by knocking out the lead in the first quarter 22-14, second quarter 16-5, and third a whopping 25-8.

The fourth quarter proved to be a little tough for the Lady Vikes with the Lady Raiders more than doubling the score of the Lady Vikings 19-8. Even with the Lady Raiders commanding the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to over power the Lady Vikings.

With a final score of 71-46, the Lady Vikes took first place, winning the George Thompson Memorial Tournament.

Jaelyn Hunt was again the leader with 20 points. Hunt was on fire with threes hitting four 3 point shots bringing her total to 10 threes for the tournament.

Lauren Roush added 12 points hitting 4-4 on free throws.

Taylor Kennedy and Kaylei Blackburn had 10 points each and both shot 4-4 from the line.

Tessa Ray contributed 8 points, going 2-2 from foul line.

Katlyn Sarver banked 7 points including one 3 point shot.

Finishing out the scoring was freshman Daylin Rose who brought 4 points to the table shooting 4-6 from the line.

“It feels great to be able to play on your own home court with your home crowd and get two wins that we’ve been needing,” Hunt said.

The Lady Vikings were named tournament winners with Kennedy receiving All-Tournament and Hunt taking the title of MVP.

“It’s nice to come back from a losing streak and get two home wins and get things turned around,” Taylor Kennedy said.