Back over a decade ago, Hamilton High School was a fixture in the basketball circle as a powerhouse in girls basketball. I remember the names of Patosha Jeffery, April Allen, Tiffany Beasley, Alshaa Hodges, Catriece Webster, Ashley Shields before she left for Melrose and so many more. There maybe another player that people will remember like the greats of girls basketball at Hamilton, Tesia Thompson because she could have a special year in her final season of high school basketball.
The 5’10 guard can do it all, versatility is her strength, she can guard multiple positions, play the 1,2,3 and some fours in some instances and defend all of those spots. She can facilitate and run a team, rebound, score at all 3 levels, you can put her anywhere and she will produce for you at a high level. She can stretch the floor with the 3, shoot the short jumper off the pull up but she’s more effective as a slasher and finisher when she gets there. When you think of “big” guard, that’s what she is and I think she could be a 20 point a night scorer if that’s what she wanted to do but because of her ability to do a little of everything well, you will regularly see 17, 7 and 6 in most games. There has been some debate as to who is the best player in the city on the girls side. I know many make strong cases, Elizabeth Dixon, Jayla Hemmingway, Myah Taylor (Olive Branch) and a few more however, Thompson can be utilized so much, which is why she is a special player in my opinion. While some are close, Thompson to me is the best girls player in the city, irregardless of class.