Haslett Vikings stun Williamston Hornets, advance to regional

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HASLETT, Mich. (WILX) -- Unlike the past two seasons, when the buzzer sounded, the Haslett Vikings came out on top over Williamston.

"Tonight, our guys rose to the challenge," said Haslett coach Chris Smith. "I told coach Lewis that it was a shame that one of us had to go home tonight, that was a really good basketball team over there."

Two weeks ago, the Vikings were on the wrong side of a 59-30 score as Williamston claimed the CAAC Red title.

They'd been eyeing revenge ever since.

"Sometimes it takes getting your butt kicked to play a little harder," said Smith. "That's what happened. They didn't want that feeling anymore, and we've been playing well ever since."

"The whole mindset was Williamston," said senior Blake Lampman.

And to finally come out on top was a long time coming for the Vikings.

"We’ve lost to them like three years in a row, so this was the best feeling I’ve ever had," said senior Mitchell Mowid. "We came out and played our hardest. It feels great. It's senior season; you've got to leave it all on the court."

Haslett moves on to the regional semifinals, where they'll take on Marshall on the road on Tuesday.