Chicago Public Schools congratulates the Whitney Young Lady Dolphins on taking home the Illinois Class 4A High School Girls State Basketball Championship title on Saturday, March 3. The Lady Dolphins completed an undefeated season by beating the Edwardsville Tigers 63-51 in the championship game at Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill.
“Words can’t express how proud I am of our girls’ basketball team for their huge win,” said Dr. Joyce Kenner, Whitney Young principal. “However, what’s most important to me is that they took home the state championship with class. They worked hard and represented Whitney Young and themselves with a tremendous amount of poise.”
In the first five minutes of the game, the Dolphins led Edwardsville 6-4, but they quickly found their sweet spot and closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run. By halftime, the Dolphins led the Tigers 34-12.
“Going into the game, we tried to think of this as just a regular game,” noted Lady Dolphin senior, Alexis Lloyd. “We knew we had to give it our all and really support each other. Our hard work paid off in the end.”
Alexis’ teammate, Janee Thompson, added, “We are thankful for our teammates and coaches. Each one played a huge part in pushing us to achieve our best.”
By seizing the title, the Lady Dolphins became the first team to go unbeaten in the state since 2004-2005. It is the school’s second girls’ state championship.
“The win wasn’t just for us. It was for everyone,” said Tessa Haldes. “People we don’t even know have been congratulating us. We feel like our win has brought people together.”
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