Region GIAA District 5 AAAA - Head Coach Bryant Thomas Entering Year 2
The Pacelli Lady Vikings are gearing up for an exciting 2023-2024 basketball season, with Head Coach Bryant Thomas leading the charge in his second year at the helm. Coach Thomas made an immediate impact in his inaugural season, guiding the team to an impressive 17-6 record – their first winning record since 2010. This remarkable turnaround has instilled renewed optimism and high hopes for the Lady Vikings, and they are poised for another remarkable season.
Previous Season Achievements:
The 2022-2023 season was a memorable one for the Lady Vikings. Not only did they secure a winning record, but they also excelled in the highly competitive Region 8-2, finishing in 2nd place. The pinnacle of their season was an Elite appearance, showcasing their ability to compete at the highest level. One of the standout moments of the season was the victory over Brookstone, a team they hadn't beaten since 2011, and completing a season sweep.
Highlights of This Season's Schedule:
The 2023-2024 season promises to be an exciting one for the Lady Vikings, with a schedule filled with intriguing matchups and challenging opponents. Some highlights include:
Carrollton Christmas Tournament: The Lady Vikings will test their mettle in this prestigious tournament, which is sure to provide a thrilling challenge and an opportunity to make a statement.
Matchup Against GHSA Baldwin AAAA State Runner-up: On January 27, 2024, the Lady Vikings will face a formidable opponent in GHSA Baldwin, the State Runner-up in the AAAA division. This contest will be a true test of their skills and a chance to prove their mettle against a top-tier team.
Strong Return of Key Players: Despite a couple of region losses, the Lady Vikings are returning the majority of their key players, setting the stage for a season full of promise and potential. The experience gained in the previous year will undoubtedly work in their favor.
Players to Watch:
The Pacelli Lady Vikings boast a roster filled with promising talent, and there are a couple of standout players who are poised to make a significant impact in the 2023-2024 season:
McKayla Hosley (Class of 2025): Keep a close eye on McKayla Hosley, a rising star who has already garnered attention from multiple colleges. She holds offers from prestigious institutions such as New Orleans University, La Salle, North Carolina A & T, Longwood, and Bethune-Cookman University. Her skills on the court, coupled with her potential, make her a player to watch closely this season.
Ivyonna Thomas (Class of 2025): Ivyonna Thomas is another young talent who is expected to shine on the court. Her presence on the team adds depth and versatility, and her development over the season could be a game-changer for the Lady Vikings.
With Head Coach Bryant Thomas leading the way, the Pacelli Lady Vikings are entering the 2023-2024 season with a sense of purpose and a drive for success. After a remarkable turnaround last year, they are determined to build upon their accomplishments and aim even higher. The schedule is filled with exciting challenges, and the team is armed with talented players, including McKayla Hosley and Ivyonna Thomas, who are set to make their mark. As the season unfolds, fans can expect thrilling basketball action and a team that is eager to make its presence felt on the court. It's an exciting time to be a part of the Lady Vikings family, and the 2023-2024 season is bound to be one to remember. Go Lady Vikings!