STATEHOUSE – Rep. McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon), Rep. Crouch (R-Evansville), Rep. Bacon (R-Chandler) and Sen. Tomes (R-Wadesville) honored the Mater Dei girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, April 17th with a House Resolution. The resolution celebrates the teams’ tremendous season where they became the new Class 2A state champions.
“This was truly a season of firsts for this team. This Wildcat team won their first regional, their first semi-state and their first state championship,” said Rep. McNamara. “I am very proud of these girls for their perseverance and hard work this season.”
The Mater Dei girls’ basketball team won the state championship against the Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in overtime by a score of 56-52. The game was a tough battle to the end with 15 ties and lead changes. Mater Dei pulled out the victory with three points from Tori Schikel early in overtime and four from sophomore Maura Muensterman in the final second.
“Congratulations to the team on such a spectacular season,” said Rep. Bacon. “It takes long hours and determination to have such a successful record. I’m sure that the lessons the girls learned on the court will also help them find success in their future paths. As a fellow Wildcat I, and the rest of the community, are very proud of them.”
“A record like the lady Wilcats’ had this year is no easy feat,” said Rep. Crouch. “It is evident that they put in the hard work necessary to reach their goals and I applaud them for that effort. I’m proud of their accomplishment as a Mater Dei alumnus and wish them similar success in all their future endeavors.”
“It’s amazing to see such a passionate group of young people come together, combining all sorts of skills and talents, to work toward a common goal,” Tomes said. “But the lady Wildcats did much more than that. They achieved that goal and, along the way, they created camaraderie that could last a lifetime. I commend them for utilizing the great work ethic, maturity and teamwork that it took to have such a remarkable season. As an Evansville Mater Dei High School alumnus, I am very proud.”
The Mater Dei Wildcats finished their season with a 27-1 record, winning their last 20 games.
“I am so proud to have Mater Dei High School in my district. It is a pleasure to represent such a great school, team and community that shows immeasurable pride and teamwork everyday,” said Rep. McNamara.