With screams, with tears of joy, and with emotional embraces.
And then with a deluge of balloons and confetti!
This, of course, is what everyone was playing for.
Yes, you've seen other versions of this happy moment all over the web; this one is ours.
Apparently, the trophy is really heavy. (AT: "Don't drop it, Sequoia!")
Thanks to all their work with Coach Kyle, the players had no problem hoisting that heavy piece of hardware over their heads.
Then it was time for the All-Tournament honors. Moments before the official announcement, a certain Maryland player's coach and teammates made their MVP choice clear!
Seconds later, it was official . . . Alyssa, indeed, was named Tournament MVP!
. . . earning her a nice little trophy, presented by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
After the official presentations, the BCs overheard one of the players ask a teammate, "What do we do now?" The Seniors didn't need to ask . . . they knew exactly what came next: cutting down the nets!
Then it was junior T-Hawk's turn. T: "I shoot guns. I don't know how to operate these things."
But T's a fast learner!
After everyone else had their turn with the scissors . . . last, but certainly not least!
Being experienced with winning, seniors Kimmie and Lynetta also knew to grab the two Championship backboards. After that, what was left was unscripted celebration . . .
Fortunately for Coach B, Brene didn't get her hands on the Gatorade. She had to settle for showering her coach with fistfuls of confetti.
Lots of posing for post-victory photos . . . including one with this sign the BCs made on the morning of Championship Sunday 2009. We displayed it that day in Greensboro amidst the Red Sea of Maryland fans . . . and the Terps won the Tournament! So we figured it had to be lucky! It's been folded up in the trunk of our car ever since. We dug it out this Sunday, so it could make its second Sunday appearance at the Coliseum. Definitely lucky . . . two for two! It would now appear to be a genuine artifact of Terps history.
All of the players took time to seek out their family and friends in the stands; here, the MVP's proud and very happy family.
And the players took time to give interviews . . . Brene explaining what it feels like to win her first ACC Championship.
Every kid loves playing with balloons . . .
Nothing left to do but sweep up the confetti . . . lots and lots of confetti!
Photo Credits: DC BasketCases