CEDAR LAKE | Hanover Central seniors Elizabeth Price, Jaime Frost and Hannah Green have been victims of disappointment in the last three seasons.
The Wildcats finished fifth at the sectional in 2011, sixth in 2010 and eighth in 2009, leaving a bitter taste in their mouths that carried over to this season.
With that in mind, the Wildcats cashed in on their opportunity in a new sectional, shooting a 408 to win the LaPorte Sectional and giving the program its first-ever postseason title in girls golf.
"It was honestly a feeling we'll never forget," Price said. "Every year, we get let down. When we actually saw the trophy in our hands, it was unbelievable."
The sectional championship team also included Ashley Yoways (100) and Lindsey Lanham (115).
Frost finished second overall with a 97 at the sectional to lead a field which felt it didn't golf up to its potential. However, making history still meant a lot to her.
"It feels really good," she said. "We finally got our name on the wall in the gym. Every other assembly, I stared at it and it's blank. I told myself last year I wanted something up there. I came and accomplished what I wanted to."
With the 408 team round, the Wildcats had to sit around during the meet wondering whether or not they qualified. When they did, it was an enormous sense of relief.
"We were worried," Frost said. "We stood there arm in arm just staring at the scoreboard. I turned around and gave (Lanham) the biggest hug because I knew we did it."
Green, who has been Hanover Central's No. 1 golfer this season, shot a 102 at the sectional in what she has described as an up-and-down year.
The team will go on to face much tougher competition Saturday at the Lafayette Jeff Regional. Although the three seniors had been playing together for a long time, expectations weren't really set in place before the season began.
"I'm really excited (for the regional), especially being a senior," Green said. "We just kind of went out there (this season) thinking 'It's golf. We're going to try our best, but whatever happens, happens.'"