(Mr. PAULSEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. Speaker, the phrase ``it has never been done before'' has often been used as a deterrent for many of the world's firsts. But thanks to teamwork, discipline, and avid determination, the Providence Academy Lions girls' basketball team won the very first State championship in their school's history. So I want to congratulate Providence and recognize their hard-fought road to victory.
In an incredible game, the Lions erased a second half, seven-point deficit to take the win in the Minnesota AA girls' basketball State championship game, proving that it's not over until the final whistle blows.
When asked about the game, it was team member Mary Ann Healy who remarked: ``We all went out there as hard as we could.''
Mr. Speaker, these young student athletes truly extol the hard work and poise of champions. On behalf of all Minnesotans, I would like to congratulate the team, congratulate Coach Finley, the parents of these athletes, and the entire school as you celebrate your win.
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