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They lost 55-45 despite a gutsy performance, but on this night they had something more important than a basketball game on their minds.
The Viqueens played the game without their star player, Jessica Thompson, whose brother, Michael, was tragically taken from us early Thursday morning in a car accident on a rain-slick Unionville road.
The game was played because that is the way the Thompson family wanted it.
"Jessie came to practice and addressed her teammates and asked that we all pray for her parents," Community coach Allison Layne said. "She is 17 years old and she is asking our team and our school to think of her parents as they deal with this terrible tragedy.
"There was not one thought or request for her. It just goes to show the incredible lack of selfishness, and very clearly illustrates the courage and inner strength of this young lady.
"I am 25 years old and there is no way that I could have handled this as well as she did. She taught us all something that we will remember for a long time."
The Viqueens finished the game and left as a group to be with their friend.
They couldn't win this particular game for her, but somehow it doesn't matter. The lesson that they have learned from their teammate will be a catalyst for each of them long after they are through with sports.
May God watch over and bestow His imminent blessings over the Thompson family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Jimmy Jones is a Times-Gazette sports writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.