The Lady Dare Devils have represented more nightmares than wonder for Mount Vernon-Enola's girls.
The Lady Warhawks will play Wonderview for the fifth time this season Saturday afternoon in Hot Springs, this time for the state 1A girls championship.
The teams have met four times this season. The Lady Dare Devils have won all four. MV-Enola is 34-8, half of its losses to Wonderview.
"We're going to have to handle their pressure," said MV-Enola coach Adam Carlton, "and we have to defend well."
The girls championship appearance is the first for a girls team from Mount Vernon-Enola.
That quest began in a downer of a locker room last year after the Lady Warhawks lost to eventual state champion Bay in the 1A semifinals, one game short of playing for the title.
The Lady Warhawks have three seniors, Kyndal Hardy, Kenzie Woodruff and Kalea Jobe who were on that team. They also returned Alaina Ellis and Gracie Rabie as a strong experienced nucleus and with support from young players such as Alysse Elllis.
"We have good kids who work hard all the time," said Carlton. "They remember how they felt after that loss. Every day, they have come to practice and practiced hard. They were determined and focused to get back to state and go farther this year."
It has been a team effort up and down the lineup.
Against Jasper in the quarterfinal, Hardy's only basket of the game was the game-winner.
"Big plays all year," said Carlton.
So, the Lady Warhawks go into the title game with some confidence and a lot of familiarity with Wonderview.
"We've made history," Carlton said. "I hope we can do it one more time."