NEWARK VALLEY (WBNG) - The Newark Valley girls basketball team ended its regular season with a perfect 20-0 record and sitting as the fourth ranked Class B team in New York State.
"We really have fun on the court," said Newark Valley sophomore Hannah Ferguson.
"It's been pretty awesome to have the community behind us," said Newark Valley junior Allie Wandell.
"I can't really get tired of being around this group of kids and it's not just because they are winning it's because they love basketball as much as I do," said Newark Valley head coach Greg Schweiger .
In the Section IV community not many people thought this was possible, but they sure did.
"Yeah, we had a pretty good season last year," said Wandell.
"Yeah definitely, we've seen it in the offseason," said Ferguson.
"They should be proud of that," said Schweiger .
The team's latest win added another banner to the Newark Valley gym - a 56 point win over Whitney Point to claim the IAC division title.
"You never really know who is going to have the hot hand because there is so much depth on our team so it was just really nice for everyone to have a good game," said Wandell.
"It's really cool to be noticed finally by everybody I mean our whole town supports us with this and it is just an amazing feeling," said Ferguson.
The Cardinals have a tight knit group and use one specific word to describe their basketball team.
"We're like a family first honestly," said Wandell.
"We're like a family, we're all best friends and it's just really nice," said Ferguson.
So now begins the Section IV playoffs where the undefeated Cardinals were handed the three seed. The two seeds ahead of them have a combined nine losses.
"Not surprising to me I know the toughness of their schedules," said Schweiger.
"I mean I guess it is just how it goes," said Ferguson.
"Everytime we step on the court it's like we need to prove ourselves constantly because we are a small town and no one expects it from us," said Wandell.
Newark Valley is finally getting the attention it deserves, but it's just business as usual as the Cardinals begin their run to a state title.
"Win everyday and we bring that mentality on the court every single time we step on it," said Wandell.
"We're just looking to be the little school that tries to shake things up and steal a win here," said Schweiger .
It's not too late to hop on the bandwagon, the Newark Valley girls are on their way.
The Cardinals host Waverly on Friday for the first-round match up.