Posted at: 03/05/2013 6:42 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 9:31 AM
Hayfield girls basketball team
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Hayfield Vikings must have been on Santa's nice list this year.
"Right after Christmastime, everything started to click," senior captain Abigail Pollock said.
"We started shooting better, and our less experienced (players) started stepping up and making plays," junior captain Dani Wagner said.
"On any given night, we probably have five or six people that can step up and score well for us, so we're not so dependant on one or two scorers," Vikings coach Fred Kindschy said.
The result was a 14-5 run to close out the regular season, which including the school's first-ever division title.
"We didn't really expect to be HVL Gold champions, so we're far beyond our goals right now," Wagner said.
Last week, the Vikings beat higher-seeded Southland in the Section 2AA South semifinals by nine, with Hayfield holding Rebels star Jana Schammel to 14 points.
"One of our players, Jessica, was on (Schammel) the whole game, and kind of frustrated her," Pollock said.
It's going to another tough match-up against top-seeded NRHEG in the subsection finals Wednesday, but regardless of that outcome, these Vikings have certainly made an impact on their coach.
"I'm very proud," Kindschy said. "They stepped up and by far exceeded our expectations as coaches, so you kind of smile knowing that most of these girls will be back in uniform."