ADA, OK -- It's been eight years since the Ada Lady Cougars found themselves in the state's elite eight.
"I just think that we need to prove to the world that it's been so long that we haven't made it and it's been our dream come true," senior guard Markeisha Black said.
They've proven a lot already owning a No. 5 ranking, only losing five games all year -- two of those to Class 5A No. 1 Shawnee.
Most recently they knocked off the undefeated defending champion Fort Gibson Lady Tigers, punching their ticket into the tourney.
"All eight teams are really tough. You know, Anadarko is going to put a lot of pressure on us, they have some tradition, but so do we and I just think it's going to be a really good battle," head coach Christie Jennings said.
She's right, Anadarko will be tough. So will the other two opponents they may face. The girls though are a bit unique to the rest of the field.
"Probably the biggest strength this team has is they're so unified and they really don't care about who's getting the credit or all the glory. They're just really concerned about being ahead at the end of the game and coming out on top," Jennings added.
There may be some jitters as no one on the squad has made it this far. They'll look to tune those out with gold on their mind.
"I never doubted us. I knew that it would take a lot of hard work to get here, but I'm still ready to get to state. We still haven't finished," senior point guard Menee Thomsen said. "I think going out there with confidence is going to help us. Not being worried, not going out there and saying, 'that's a better team than us.' Just going out there and knowing that we'll do what we do best and just go out there and play with the confidence that we have."