AROUND THE NEK - It was a historic win and busy Saturday for the Lyndon Institute Girls basketball team as they brought home their first championship trophy. The division two game took place at the Barre Auditorium against Mill River Union.
The Lady Vikings took the lead early on in the game, and by half time the score was nineteen to six with the Vikings on top. By the fourth quarter, the Vikings had a lead of thirty four to thirteen. "We got to go out and play great defense again and act like the score is nothing," said Head Coach Eric Berry.
When the final buzzer went off, the game was over, and the Lady Vikings walked away with their first Championship win in school history.
"I was nervous going in, but we pulled it off in the end," said one of the Vikings players.
The Vikings filed onto the bus only to be surprised by fans and residents when they returned home, who lined the streets cheering. Lyndonville Police and Fire departments escorted the players through town and back to the school, capping off a successful season.
"They have done such a wonderful job all year, learning growing every single game. We've had some close ones, we've had some loses that we shouldn't have lost, but they just learned from it," said Headmaster Daren Houck.
In Division One, St. Johnsbury Academy wasn't as lucky. The girls basketball team lost the championship game to Champlain Valley Union High School with a score of thirty-six to thirty-three. The Hilltoppers trailed most of the game and came up just short of overcoming a six point deficit at halftime. "Just having the experience up here and getting a taste for being as close as we were to winning the championship, I think that will motivate us next season," said Head Coach Jack Driscoll.
The Hilltoppers overcame a lot this season with a roster of only 8 players, and next year is looking bright as only one is moving on.