Taylorsville • Viewmont sat atop Class 5A as the top-ranked program for more weeks than any other team this season, but a rough finish to the season earned the Vikings a second seed from Region 2.
Therefore, both in perception and seeding, Viewmont was a significant underdog to Sky View, a popular pick to win the state championship. That was enough motivation for Viewmont.
The Vikings overcame a seven-point halftime deficit behind Mercedes Staples to upset the Bobcats 49-47 in the state semifinals at Salt Lake Community College on Friday afternoon.
"Honestly, the program is slowly gaining momentum," Viewmont coach Clint Straatman said. "We've been to the state tournament since I've been here — so seven years now — and we come and get beat in the first round. We didn't believe in ourselves. I have a group right now that believes in [themselves]. That's a big difference."