Richfield • Riley Lyman weaved her way through the haze of blue and yellow that had enveloped the court, pausing frequently for a joyous embrace with a supporter or classmate.
She eventually found her destination at the court’s far baseline, where a net was waiting to be cut down. It was there the moment turned from surreal dream to reality.
Enterprise 43, North Sevier 28
O Enterprise holds North Sevier to just two first-quarter points to steal momentum early.
» Dakota Robinson leads Enterprise with 14 points as the team rolled to the Class 2A title.
"To have [the net] in my hands is like ‘I did it. We did it,’ " Lyman said.
Lyman and her Enterprise teammates beat North Sevier 43-28 on Saturday in the Class 2A girls’ state title game.
Not many expected Enterprise, a No. 3 seed, to be playing for the title. Fewer still expected them to win it. But the Wolves did not allow external expectations to seep into their mindset. They played with confidence throughout the tournament. And they were rewarded for it.
"We just wanted this so bad," Lyman said. "So we came out as hard as we could. We wanted to play our best the whole 32 minutes."
Added Dakota Robinson, who led Enterprise with 14 points: "We knew what kind of a team we really were and how we could play."
That Enterprise was the best team on the floor Friday was apparent from the outset. It used its length to force North Sevier to settle for outside shots. Those shots rarely fell, particularly in the first quarter, which saw Enterprise jump to a 10-2 lead.
The team traded mini runs for much of the rest of the game. But North Sevier could not find a big enough spark to ignite a full-fledged comeback.
"We had to play really tough, defensively," Robinson said. "Then our offense came alive, too."
The outcome had been decided minutes before the final horn blew. But when it did, and Enterprise’s surprise run to the title was complete, its fans rushed the floor, streaming in from multiple entrances to engulf the team at the center of the court.
Above it all, the players held the trophy.
"We’ve been working so hard all season," Lyman said. "We knew we could do it if we worked together. It paid off."
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