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Down by one with point seven left in the Central Region Championship game Augustana senior Alex Feeney stepped to the line and knocked in two free throws sending the Vikings to the Elite 8 for the first time in school history.
"To be honest, it doesn't seem real yet. But we will be focused and ready. Like I've said this team has just come together so much." said Alex Feeney.
The Vikings have a week off before their Elite 8 match up with undefeated Clayton St. The Lakers took the title back in 2011, but the Central Region's Most Outstanding Player likes the idea of David verses Goliath.
"I mean we're the underdog. We haven't been the underdog all year so it's actually a nice change of pace. We don't have anything to lose here, but the feeling right now is so great that I think we will come and be competitive," said Feeney.
Of the eight teams remaining, Augie is the highest seed coming in at six. Clayton St. is one of six number ones still standing. However both teams are averaging 75.6 points per contest, which is why at this point you can throw rankings out the window.
"For us we just have to look at it as a positive. They haven't played us yet. We can bring different things. If we fight and play like we have been, we can put up a challenge and win this game," said Faith Tinklenberg.
Lead by four seniors, this special Vikings team will travel to San Antonio not just to enjoy the nice weather, but hopefully come home with a national championship.
"I don't think I can understand those feelings until it actually happens because it is all so unbelievable right now, it's just so surreal," exclaimed Cami Koehn.
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