The Green Mountain Union High School boys' basketball team had to be feeling good about themselves and who could blame them.
After all, coming into the season they were a relatively small squad both in stature and roster numbers, and were also quite "green" if you will, with only two seniors on the roster.
Yet here they were with a home game in the first round of the tournament, going up against a team with a lesser record and therefore the lower seed, albeit Enosburg faced a tougher regular season schedule then the Chieftains. GM finished up the regular season at 9-11 while the Hornets came in at 6-14.
"I am as proud of these kids as I have been of just about any team I have ever coached," Green Mountain coach Robert "Stretch" Gillam said during pre-game warm ups.
"This team has worked extremely hard all year and they don't give up. They have far exceeded any expectations I had coming into the season."
High praise from a man who's coached high school basketball for over 50 years.
However on this night the Chiefs would run into a suddenly hot team that would have a very good night, led by the inside presence of Hornet Wayne Honaker, who from the opening whistle dominated the paint on both ends of the floor.
In fact, the Hornets as a whole came out on fire, demonstrating an inside -outside game that was difficult for the Chiefs' zone defense to keep up with.
Honaker and Jordan St. Pierre were an effective one-two punch as Enosburg went on a 14-0 run to start the game, before Ian Furrer finally got GM's first bucket with just three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Enosburg would finish off the first quarter with a comfortable 19-6 lead.
It would be an up-hill battle for Green Mountain the rest of the way.
However, despite the huge deficit early on, the Chiefs continued to work hard as they have all year, and somehow scratched their way back to trail by just six points halfway through the second quarter, before Enosburg would go on a 14-2 run to end the half.
Honaker registered 12 points and six rebounds at the break while St. Pierre added nine. Jason Albert had six points to lead the Chiefs.
In the second half it would not get any better for Green Mountain, as turnovers proved costly in any attempt at a comeback.
Enosburg would go on another big, 18-6 run for the third quarter, including a lane-driving dunk from Honaker, and enjoyed a 51-21 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Hornets would sit down their starters for most of the rest of the way, cruising to a 70-36 win.
Honaker would lead all scorers, despite sitting the entire fourth quarter, with 18 points and a dozen rebounds, while St. pierre added 15 points.
Ian Furrer led the way for the Chiefs in his final game with 10 points, while Jason Albert and Jacob Walker pitched in with seven points each.