Written By NewsINK Contributer: Dylan Clark
LYNDONVILLE - The Lyndon Institute Girls varsity basketball team are set to take the hardwood Wednesday evening, in their season opener against Hazen, with their sights set on the ultimate goal. "This year we have the same goal we had last year, that is to win the State Championship that'll be the goal here every year I'm here going forward," said Head Coach Eric Berry.
"You know the first night is always difficult, especially if it's on the road because you have the first game jitters, stuff like that you have to work through. But at this point I think we have a veteran club, and should understand what we have to do to get through those jitters." Coach Berry also spoke about the need to work hard and break a good sweat even in warm ups to lessen the jitters his players may have. The Vikings will look to everyone on the team to continue the hard work and take on a leadership role.
A key aspect of any sports team getting through a long season is the veteran leadership which Berry spoke of, and the Vikings will look to the few seniors they have on the team for leadership, however it will be the underclassman that have experience who will help to lead the ship this year.
Senior shooting guard Bryana Williams has high hopes for her fellow teammates this year, as well as herself. "There's a lot of intensity and I think that's what we need to push ourselves." Williams's expectations for the team are to win the State Championship with their hard work, while playing better defense and with more confidence. Of course the key to any team's success is and their chemistry. "I think we've all played more together and we know our ability this year, so we're just hoping to put it together," said Williams. Williams also mentioned how all her teammates hang out together and there is no separation among them, which is always a bonus. Team chemistry is something that the Vikings will look to as they enter the season with.
"We have two seniors on the roster this year, and some juniors who have been on varsity since their freshman year, and I consider some of those juniors, seniors and some of those seniors post grad," stated Berry, making team chemistry that much easier to find. The goal remains the same for not only Coach Berry and his team, but all involved. You can catch the Vikings girls varsity team in their first contest of the year Wednesday night at Hazen with the tip off set for 7:30 p.m.