Meadow Heights H.S. basketball team plays for mother who died in crash

Meadow Heights H.S. basketball team plays for mother who died in crash

BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A Meadow Heights High School student and her mother were in a deadly crash on Monday, Jan. 4 while driving between basketball games.

On Jan. 5, the teen, who survived, told her team to play in honor of her mother.

Hope Thompson, 49, of Sedgewickville, was killed and Rhiannon Mayzie Thomson, 16, of Sedgewickville, was injured when they hit a deer while driving along Highway 72 in Bollinger County on Monday evening.

The teen goes by her middle name, Mayzie.

The highway patrol reports the animal came through the windshield, hitting both of the women inside.

The Bollinger County Deputy Coroner said Hope Thompson, the passenger, was killed at the scene.

Mayzie Thompson was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital.

Friends of the family say the mother and daughter were driving to support the boys basketball team at Meadow Heights when the crash happened.

Amy Cook, the school’s Athletic Director, said Mayzie told the team her mother would want them to play.

"'You know my mom would want you to be there,'" Cook said. "She said, 'I want you to go and play. Do your best to win the ball game for us, and I want you to go play that ball game.'"

"When the girls met this morning before school they all said, 'Girls you know what Hope would say. She would say, 'play the game.'"

Andy Comstock, superintendent of schools for Meadow Heights, said grief counselors were made available to talk to the kids at the school on Tuesday.

This marks the first deadly accident in the southeast Missouri region in 2016.

A gofundme account has been set up for Hope Thompson's services, as well as for Mayzie. You can click here for more information.

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