GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mitchell earns spot in Providence Day, Mecklenburg history

by C. Jemal Horton

Tiffany Mitchell: the 2011-12 Southern Mecklenburg Girls Basketball Player of the Year. C. Jemal Horton/SCW photo

When Tiffany Mitchell arrived at Providence Day as a seventh-grader, she had dreams of one day playing for the Chargers’ tradition-rich program.

She just didn’t know that she’d wind up earning a spot among the greatest Chargers ever.

Mitchell recently wrapped up her four seasons with the program by scoring more than 2,000 career points and being named the Gatorade State Player of the Year.

She also was named Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s South Charlotte Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. And for the first time, she’s the Southern Mecklenburg Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Mitchell averaged 19.6 points, seven rebounds, four steals and 2.9 assists per game while leading Providence Day to its third consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championship this past season.

Individually, she said she accomplished nearly every goal she had entering the season.

“Everything except (playing in) the McDonald’s (All-American) game,” she said. “But I can look past that because I have college coming up, and there are other things that are more important to me than just playing in that game. I got invited to D.C. to play in the Elite Showcase Basketball Classic. That was cool. I met a lot of good people. It was a good experience.”

Mitchell, who has signed with South Carolina, said her greatest memories of her time at Providence Day go far beyond individual accomplishments.

“Just winning three state championships means the most to me,” she said. “Most people can’t say they did that. I’m just glad I got to do that here at PD.”

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