All signs pointed to Kennedy Hudson having a monster senior season for the Purvis Lady Tornado basketball team this year. After averaging 18 points per game last season, Hudson was set to likely surpass that mark and lead the Lady Tornadoes to bigger and better things.

Unfortunately for Hudson though, her last ride didn’t quite go exactly as planned, as she tore her ACL during the first game of the 2017-2018 season.

“She’s such a good player,” Purvis head coach Michael Thornton said of Hudson. “I was so devastated for her individually when she had her injury. It just really changed the course of our season. She’s an all-division player her sophomore and junior year, and we were expecting big things this year.”

All of those frustrations likely made Thursday even sweeter for Hudson, who signed a basketball scholarship with Pearl River Community College.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” Hudson said. “You think about it, but you never think about it being reality. Today, it’s a reality.”

Because Hudson had surgery so quickly after the injury, doctors expect her to be ready to play and at 100% again by the end of May. She will have more than enough time to ready herself for the new chapter of her basketball career in Poplarville, a place she compares to Purvis.

“It has a family feel, because it’s so local,” Hudson said. “That’s what we have here at Purvis, and I know I wanted that in college.”

Simply put, she cannot wait.

“I know the team is improving. Their crowds are getting bigger, and Coach [Scotty] Fletcher is such a Godly man and such a great coach. I’m really excited about it.”

The Lady Wildcats are lucky to have her, said Thornton.

“It’s not just her play on the court, it’s her character and leadership she provides off of it. She’s a high character player, and I think she’ll graduate in the top 5 of her class. She’s just meant a lot to me and is one of the higher quality kids I’ve ever coached.”