Hultgren lauds Geneva girls’ hoopsters for winning state title
Elevating a winning high school girls’ basketball team to prominence in the halls of Congress, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Illinois) recently congratulated the Geneva girls’ basketball team for taking top place in Illinois.
Rep. Hultgren took the podium to deliver a message of cheer in just under a minute.
“I rise today to congratulate the Geneva Vikings girls’ basketball team on winning their first Class 4A state championship at ISU’s Redbird Arena on Saturday,” Hultgren said. “Facing the Edwardsville Tigers, Geneva’s high school girls fought a close back-and-forth game into its final minutes.”
Hultgren congratulated the team on winning against an undefeated team.
“Beating an unbeaten team is no small feat,” Hultgren said. “With just 3.7 seconds left on the clock, junior guard Stephanie Hart made the shots to give the Vikings a one-point lead as center Grace Loberg then stole the ball from the Tigers to run out the clock. The tigers were unable to answer, giving Geneva the win 41 to 40.”
The congressman added that a nearly identical scenario had occurred in the semi-final the previous day. Junior guard Margaret Whitley scored a game-winning point with mere seconds left on the clock.
“Clearly, the Vikings do well under pressure,” Hultgren said. “I applaud Coach Sarah Meadows and the Geneva Vikings on their achievement and their hard work. Go Vikings—and I yield back.”
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