Redemption. The heartbreak still felt from the 2019-2020 playoff run, which ended abruptly without an outright champion due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was the driving force behind the Vikings’ preparation for the 2020-2021 season.
St. Elizabeth may be a small, Catholic school, but we are mighty. Throughout the season, the Lady Vikings gave it their all from the first whistle to the final buzzer, defeating each opponent with teamwork, hustle and grit. With an undefeated regular season (10-0) under their belt, they headed into the postseason seeded #1in the DIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament. By sticking to their meticulous game plan and working together unselfishly as a team, they defeated opponents one by one and advanced once again to the DIAA Girls State Championship game in Dover. Sticking with the mindset of "refuse to lose," the team played with discipline, determination and class to overcome a six-point fourth-quarter deficit in the final game. Senior leadership proved unmatched as the Vikings closed the game on an 11-3 run led by Libby Lynch and Naia Pulliam and earned a championship victory over #3 Sanford School, 47-45. Redemption. The Vikings returned home to Cedar Street with a championship trophy and an everlasting legacy as the first team in Delaware history to win a championship to complete a perfect season (15-0).
Congratulations to the team, the coaching staff and student managers on an incredible season. Many thanks to our VKNation for supporting the Vikings throughout the season; the Maroon & Gold Spirit was shining bright on Friday, March 12, 2021.
1st Round DIAA Tournament: Team Bye
2nd Round DIAA Tournament: St. Elizabeth 73, Hodgson Vo-Technical High School 35
Top 16 Teams DIAA Tournament: St. Elizabeth 72, Caesar Rodney High School 39
DIAA Quarterfinals: St. Elizabeth 67, Mt. Pleasant High School 34
DIAA Semi-Finals: St. Elizabeth 56, Caravel Academy 35
DIAA State Championship: St. Elizabeth 47, Sanford School 45
This is the 6th Girls Basketball State Championship title for St. Elizabeth School.
The Vikings also won titles in 1979, 1982, 1985, 2007 and 2013.