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Congratulating The Indiana Girls Basketball State Champions At Plymouth High School

Sen. Joe Donnelly

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Madam Speaker, today I rise before you to extend congratulations to the Plymouth High School Lady Pilgrims girls basketball team. The Lady Pilgrims succeeded in clinching the 3A state championship on March 1, 2008 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis with a thrilling 47-46 victory over Indianapolis Chatard.

The Lady Pilgrims worked tirelessly this season to win their second Semi-State title in Plymouth High School history. This significant victory led to their first State title ever for the girls' basketball team.

The Plymouth team consisted of thirteen outstanding young women, including: Seniors Leslie Swihart, Laura Garrity, Jessica McMillen, Jessica Centa and Brittany Payne; Juniors Alex Starr, Brittany Davis, Danielle Hayden, Lyzz Smith and Erin McNeil; Sophomore Chelsea Benge; and Freshmen Marisa Green and Meagan Barron.

Also, we should not fail to acknowledge the support structure around the team. Head Coach Dave Cox with assistants Lindsay Houin, Dave Duncan and Russ Teall guided the Pilgrims to victory. The team received tremendous community support as evidenced by the busloads of fans that traveled to Indianapolis for the game and the thunderous applause of supporters who gathered to welcome the team home after their victory.

I offer my congratulations to the members of the girls' basketball team of Plymouth High School, the coaching staff, the school administration and community, and the surrounding Plymouth community for their accomplishments this season on the road to the 3A State Championship.