ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Enterprise High School Boys Basketball team played in the State Championship for the first time in the school’s history.
Although they weren’t able to bring home the title, the players are extremely happy with their successful season.
“It was incredible,” said junior guard Quentin Hayes. “Just to know that we will go down as one of the best teams in Enterprise history. Just to make that run with my brothers was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Having already made school history, Enterprise came up just short of winning a ring, dropping the state title game 41 to 37 against Oak Mountain.
Back at the start of the season, not many people outside of the wildcats locker room thought the team would be playing in March.
With that in mind, every game this year was a chance for the Wildcats to make noise.
“It felt good, even games we lost,” said senior guard Jalen Cunningham. “We shook a lot of heads going up there playing because a lot of people didn’t believe till we got there.”
While outsiders may not have expected the team’s success, the coaches and players weren’t surprised.
“Yes, the whole season I was saying we were ring chasing,” Cunningham said.
“I felt like we could definitely have a chance,” said head coach Rhett Harrelson. “I think it surprises a lot of other people, but I knew that this group could be special.”
Most of all, Harrelson says he knows this team made an impact on the community.
“They don’t understand this, but the 10-year-olds that are at elementary schools that are watching the games, whether they were at school, if they came to the games, what they saw is Enterprise basketball playing for a state championship and so that’s the standard,” Harrelson said. “That’s what young people in Enterprise are seeing. It’s not easy by any means, but we are working like crazy to get back.”
Even though the season just ended, players and coaches are already thinking about how to be even better next year.