By Michael Morris
They knew it would be a tall order.
But for the undefeated Lady Vikes, Friday night’s game reached newfound heights.
Without its Solano Athletic Conference MVP and undoubted team-leader, Julia Blackshell-Fair, Vanden (26-5) relied upon an unconventional cast of characters en route to back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championships, defeating No. 3 Sacramento (22-9) 56-47 at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton.
Vanden’s Blackshell-Fair, who played the entire semifinal against Elk Grove, was held to just 12 minutes Friday as she picked up three fouls in the first seven minutes of the opening quarter and then fouled out in the third after a charge that was followed up with a technical. However, the University of Houston commit was just happy that the team didn’t let her mistakes get in the way of the team’s objective.