Providence Day Proves Itself

Chargers live up to hype, become Super 7 girls champions

by C. Jemal Horton

The Providence Day Chargers are South Charlotte Weekly’s 2011-12 Southern Mecklenburg Super 7 girls basketball champions. (Courtesy of Josh Springer)

Perhaps no area basketball team entered the season with greater expectations than the Providence Day girls.

With a bona fide national profile, four starters back from a group that had won the two previous private-school state championships, and a starting lineup featuring at least three Division I college recruits, many people believed this season would’ve been a failure had the Chargers not been spectacular again.

But they delivered.

Providence Day finished off a rigorous regular-season schedule by winning its third consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A crown.

The Chargers also are South Charlotte Weekly’s 2011-12 Southern Mecklenburg Super 7 girls basketball champions.

Providence Day was No. 1 on two of the three ballots cast by SCW staffers C. Jemal Horton, Aaron Garcia and Andrew Stark. Myers Park received the other first-place vote.

The Chargers dominated the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association, going undefeated in league play for the ninth consecutive season. But they also excelled in national tournaments and faced many of North Carolina’s best private-school squads, such as 2A state champ Asheville Carolina Day School and Thomasville Prep.

They clinched the state title by walloping Greensboro Day, 66-42.

“Every coach’s goal is to be playing your best basketball at the end of the season,” Chargers coach Josh Springer said. “I think we did that with a really convincing win in the state championship.

“I’m really proud of our whole team, especially our four seniors, going out by winning three state championships in a row.”

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