Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the
2018-2019 Georgia State Class A Public-School Basketball Champions, the
Marion County Lady Eagles of Buena Vista, Georgia. The team
commemorated this significant milestone on Thursday, March 21, 2019,
with a celebration of honor at Marion County High School in Buena
Vista, Georgia.
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, fans at the Macon Coliseum observed as
the Lady Eagles won the state championship game against the Calhoun
County Cougars by a score of 50-38. The Lady Eagles outrebounded their
opponents (with a rebound total of 40-to-27) and made 21 of 30 free
throws. This victory marked the end of an incredible year of hard work.
The team has been ranked No. 1 for the entirety of the 2018-2019 season
with an unbelievable 29-1 win-loss record. This championship game also
marks a remarkable comeback for the Lady Eagles, who lost last year's
game to the Greenville girls' basketball team by a score of 73-52.
The Lady Eagles' victory in this year's final exemplifies years of
tireless determination which culminated into an inspiring season of
teamwork and athletic excellence, counting a total of 1,910 points
across 30 games. I am thrilled to honor this team as they celebrate the
first girls' basketball state championship in the school's history. The
senior class has been among the most successful ever, graduating with a
winning record of 92-24.
I cannot put into words the tremendous pride that the citizens of
Buena Vista, and indeed in the entire Second Congressional District,
have in being able to call this outstanding team of athletes their own.
They have accomplished an amazing feat, one that could not have been
possible without the direction and inspiration of their coach, Fran
McPherson, and her staff, as well as their families, classmates, and
members of the community who believed in them and their ability to
bring home a state championship title.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the more than 730,000 people of Georgia's Second
Congressional District in congratulating and honoring these hardworking
young women who have persevered, sacrificed, and achieved the pinnacle
of success in basketball--the Georgia Class A State Championship title.
116th Congress