It's been awhile since the Hellgate Knights could call themselves city champs, or say they're the number one seed in the West. Well, after their 10-3 victory over Big Sky they achieved both those things.
"It felt, it's unexplainable getting a win like that against our rivals and saying we are city champs, I've never been a city champ since I was on varsity my freshman year so to get that and clinch the number one seed is unbelievable," said Senior KcKenna Gagner.
"Awesome, to get the number one seed at state that's pretty cool and it's good to be city champs too," said Junior Talley Hill.
"Really excited for our girls they worked hard all season and we've continually improved and you know I think a lot of people underestimated us and it's exciting to be going to state very confident," said Head Coach Lisa Macki.
Perhaps the best part of the Knights turnaround is proving to themselves and the doubters that they could succeed.
"It's fun to show people what you're capable of and fun to prove to yourself and this group gets a little better everyday and they have done it and now they have come out and everybody knows what they're capable of," said Macki.
"Yea I think at the beginning of the year the definitely questioned how good we were going to be and to come out here and prove to everyone we could get the job done was amazing," said Gagner.
Perhaps what's even more amazing is how the Knights have turned things around. Usually it's with a crop of older players but Hellgate has done it starting five freshman.
"Going into the season we didn't want to emphasize that we are this young group of girls but it's the truth we have a really young group of really talented and excited players," said Macki.
"Especially having such a young team this year, I mean, us seniors having five freshman starting and my sister starting it's unbelievable to be at this point right now," said Gagner.
The Knights won't have to play in a playoff game and will be ready to play as the number one seed at state which is in Great Falls starting on May 29th, In Missoula Shaun Rainey ABC Fox Montana Sports.